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CeDEM13

Welcome to CeDEM13!

Today the CeDEM13 will be opened by Dr. Victoria Weber, Vice-Rector of t he Danube University Krems, and the first day includes our keynotes Beth Noveck (New York University and MIT, founder of the White House Open Government Initiatitve) and Tiago Peixoto (World Bank, Washington), 4 sessions (E-Democracy and E-Participation; Open data, Transparency and Open Innovation; E-Demopcracy and E-Politics, Open data and Open Collaborative Government) as well as 2 workshops (Evaluation of E-Participation Projects; E-Infrastructure for Open data).

You can also follow (and use!) our hashtag #CeDEM13 on Twitter or take a view at our pictures on flickr. If you made pictures yourself, please add them to our flickr group, we would appreciate it very much! :))

Berichte von der #CeDEM13 anderswo:

Ulla Ebner – Size doesn’t matter: Über Wunsch und Wirklichkeit von E-Partizipation

Ulla Ebner – E-Partizipation: The Next Generation. Interview mit Beth Noveck

Enjoy the conference!

Call for Papers

Transparency and access to information, new ways of interacting with government and democratic institutions, and Internet-based, decentralized grassroots activism have caused profound changes to the way states are run and society expected to function. Social media and new dimensions of online social activity, including individual and collective content generation, collaboration and sharing as well as the emergence of spontaneous multilevel networks change our understanding of how to run countries and companies. Services provided by public and private organisations have increased citizens’ independence and flexibility, but at the same time allow for more control. Now we have reached the point where we need to look at what the ideas, promises and suggestions have brought and why some projects have failed to reach the aims. Have aims and expectations been set too high? Or is the question how we define success (and failure)? Has the role of technology been overemphasised?

These are some of the questions and topics we would like to discuss at the 2013 Conference. CeDEM13 critically analyses present and future developments in e-democracy and open government.

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Tracks

  • E-Democracy and E-Participation
  • Open Collaborative Government
  • E-Policies and E-Society – Human Rights for the Internet Age
  • Social and Mobile Media for Public Administration
  • E-Campaigning & E-Politics
  • Bottom-Up Movements
  • Open Data, Transparency and Open Innovation
  • Freedom in Digital Societies

Dates

  • Deadline for the submission of papers and workshop proposals: 15 January 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: 29 March 2013
  • Camera-ready paper submission: 21 April 2013
  • Pre-conference event: 21 May 2013
  • Conference: 22-23 May 2013
  • Open space, extended workshops, colloquia: 24-25 May 2013

Links

The CeDEM12 proceedings present the essence of academic and practical knowledge on e-democracy and open government in a nutshell. Feel free to share this document!

On the second day of this huge conference people seem to have navigated their way through the heavy conference programme and the different venues. :) After our yesterday’s presentation on media awareness in networked protest I found myself again in another Internet and Politics section, this time in the panel Digital Politics: Collective Action born in and from the internet. For yesterday’s sessions and everyone interested in the internet and politics section, I reccommend Axel Bruns’ blog who is, as always, doing a great job of live-blogging. Also, the panel digital media and collective – or rather, as we know now – connective action after mass society has been a highlight.

The first presentation of Jarmo Rinne on online mobilisation based on political friendship was a take on political friendship from Aristotle in the context of political action online. The Aristotle concept is referring to utility, pleasure and virtue. These dynamics of political friendship can also be applied to participatory emancipation and mobilization. Activism depends on the believe and hope that actions are going to make a difference. Thus, participatory emancipation contradicts the clicktivism or easy promo activism.

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Open Government baut auf drei wesentlichen Grundprinzipien auf: Steigerung der Transparenz durch offenlegen von Daten, Informationen und Prozessen, Beteiligung am politischen Prozess, und Zusammenarbeit in Verwaltungsverfahren und Services des Staates.

Zentrale Zielperspektiven

Die zwei zentralen Zielperspektiven sind einerseits die Stärkung der Demokratie und andererseits Effizienz- und Effektivitätssteigerungen in Verwaltung und Politik. Die beiden Zielperspektiven können sich ergänzend unterstützen, müssen das aber nicht.  Zahlreiche Open Data Initiativen – zur Verfügung stellen von Rohdaten, die von Wirtschaft und Zivilgesellschaft in mobilen Applikationen genutzt werden können – sind einer strategischen Transparenz zuzuordnen die keine direkte Wirkung auf die Demokratie ausübt. Ebenso sind zahlreiche Zusammenarbeitsmodelle auch in Autokratien einsetzbar, wie bspw. online Beschwerdemanagement über Missstände im öffentlichen Raum (http://www.fixmystreet.com/).

Open ist nicht gleich Demokratie

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Special Issue Vol. 3 (2):

Guest Editors:

Olivier Glassey, IDHEAP, Lausanne (olivier.glassey@idheap.unil.ch)
Theresa Pardo, Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany, State University of New York (tpardo@ctg.albany.edu)
Efthimios Tambouris, University of Macedonia (tambouris@uom.gr)

Concepts and policies that emphasise the idea of openness (Open Government, Open Data, Open Access) are currently discussed with view to their potential to strengthen transparency and accountability. They are seen as promising ideas for the vitalisation of citizens’ interest in politics, but also for economic and scientific innovation. These developments are expected to lead to more engagement and collaboration within public institutions and the development of respective tools and services.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

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Coming back from the wonderful workshop “Citizenship in the Digital Republic” in a most wonderful city I just wanted to highlight some of the concepts we were touching in the course. There’s too much content to be described in detail here, but maybe some thoughts can be useful for those interested in the relation of new media and citizenship.

Citizenship as democratic participation

The course brought together four thematic threads with a common focus on the concept of citizenship in a society characterized by the thorough penetration of digital information and communication technologies in all spheres of life. Citizenship, broadly defined, includes any form of democratic participation in social systems – political, technological and expert. The digital republic, for its part, is understood as a political community defined by the governance of the people. How is such governance possible in a digital society? What opportunities for involvement do citizens have in a densely mediated polis? Can technological development itself be democratically steered?

The goal of the course was to critically explore the new forms of democratic participation that the pervasive presence of digital media in contemporary societies affords and requires. The concept of citizenship was taken up in four contexts:

public participation in technological development, design and policy
digital media technologies and civic engagement
digital media and citizenship in everyday life
digital media and cultural institutions

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Welcome to Day 2, we hereby confirm that we survived the wine, Kaiserschmarren and festival. Just a reminder: pictures of the conference can be found on FlickR, group name: Cedem11. There are also already a lot of slides to be found at CEDEM11.

Join our Twitter conversation with #cedem11.

Sara Tavazzi, et. al., Assisted Access Points to Services (and Internet)

The presentation was about interenet access initiatives in Tuscany. The PAAS network was born in 2005 as a reagional initiative to guarantee access to information, e-services and e-participation. Relevant goals were to promote digital citizenship and digital rights. These access points are very different from internet points: There is an assistance and the points are specialicing in different target groups, e.g. migrants. At this stage, this project relies on voluntary work. Volunteers can open it whenever, e.g. in the evening.

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Wir freuen uns besonders, dass zwei Einreichungen des Zentrums für E-Government unter den ersten 10 des Lexis Nexis Best Paper Award für hervorragende Tagunsbeiträge gereiht wurden: die Beiträge von Prof. Dr. Arthur Winter und Mag. Johann Höchtl und Peter Reichstädter. Kriterien für die Bewertung sind wissenschaftliche Relevanz, Aktualität, Originalität, Methodik, Anwendbarkeit, sowie Struktur und Präsentation der Arbeit.

Offene Daten und Informationen im Politikzyklus. Voraussetzungen, Risiken und Umsetzungspotentiale von Open Government und Open Data in europäischer Perspektive (Peter Parycek, Michael Sachs, Judith Schoßböck)

Der Vortrag thematisierte freie und offene Information als Voraussetzung für Open Government in einem europäischen Kontext. Die Integration von Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien in den Nutzungsalltag macht es gegenwärtig möglich, erstmals die Potentiale des Open Governments zu evaluieren und in die Praxis zu transferieren. Die Diskussion, die sich auch dem Schlagwort Open Government bediente, endete im Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) aus dem Jahr 1966, der den Informationszugang der amerikanischen Öffentlichkeit zu staatlichen Informationen regelt. Der FOIA verpflichtet staatliche Institutionen, BürgerInnen Informationen zur Verfügung zu stellen und dies nur bei geregelten Ausnahmen zu unterbinden. Seither wurde der FOIA mehrmals ergänzt und geändert, wobei die Informationspflicht des Staates stärker akzentuiert und die Gesetzeslage an Entwicklungen der Daten- und Informationsaufbereitung und -speicherung angepasst wurde.

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Micah L. Sifry, Personal Democracy Forum. “The Promise and Contradictions of E-Democracy, Obama Style” Keynote held at: EDem10 Conference, Danube University Krems, Austria, May 2010

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