Call for Papers CeDEM11

Conference for E-democracy, E-participation and E-voting

5-6 May 2011 Danube University Krems, Austria

CeDEM brings together e-democracy, e-participation and e-voting specialists working in academia, politics, government and industry.


  • Axel Bruns Associate Professor, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, AUS)
  • Caroline Haythornthwaite (Director, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia, CAN)
  • Elke Löffler (CEO, Governance International, Birmingham, UK)
  • Doug Schuler (Program Director for the Public Sphere Project; Member of the Faculty at Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, USA)
  • Stefan Gehrke (CEO, Politik-Digital, Berlin, GER)

In the last 10 years, the world focused on the social media and the new forms of societal behaviour, including content generation, collaboration and sharing as well as network organisation. These behaviours and expectations, in particular transparency and access to data, new ways of interacting with government and democratic institutions will continue to develop, and profound changes in society are to be expected. Society has been confronted with “Open Government” and “Open Data”. What are the experiences so far? How do they impact society, democratic structures and organisations? What changes occur at citizen level? What are the implications for democracy, society, science and business?

CeDEM11 presents the following tracks, which focus on these changes and impacts in e-democracy, including open government, e-participation and e-voting.

Track: E-participation


Julia Glidden (21C Consulting, London, UK) and Jeremy Millard (Danish Technological Institute, DK)


  • Transparency & Communication: freedom of information, open access, openness, information sharing, blogging, micro-blogging, social networks, data visualization, e-learning, e-empowering….;
  • Participation & Collaboration: online communities, innovation, bottom up, top down, social networks, engagement and accountability, generation of content and knowledge, collaborative culture, collaboration between C2C, G2C, …;
  • Sustainability of e-participation;
  • Different perspectives: citizens, government, NGOs, NPOs, practitioners, service providers;

Track: Open Government

Co-chairs:    Philipp Müller, (University of Salzburg, Business School, AT) and Axel Bruns (Queensland University of Technology, AUS)


  • Open government initiatives;
  • Architecture, Concepts & Effects: access and openness, user generated content, peer production, network effects, power laws, long tail, harnessing the power of the crowd, crowd sourcing, social web, semantic web …;
  • Open Data: possibilities, limitations;
  • Open Access: implications of open access for citizens, governments, research and universities;
  • Citizen engagement: participation, value and measurement;

Track: E-voting

Co-chairs:    Melanie Volkamer (Technical University Darmstadt, D) and Thad Hall (University of Utah, USA)

  • Discussion of all forms of electronic voting: including but not limited to polling station, kiosk or remote voting by electronic means;
  • Formulation of the interdisciplinary issues involved: technology, law, politics and society in designing and implementing e-voting;
  • Presentation of  new ways for solving the voting paradigm of unequivocal identification of the voter and full anonymity of the vote;
  • Report on implementations, their legal, organisational and technical framework, the project experience made, and future trends;
  • Analysis of  the interrelationship with and the effects of e-voting on democratic institutions and processes as well as voter behaviour;
  • Conducting social and political analysis of the effects of electronic voting;
  • Report on practical experience in implementing and conducting elections with electronic voting parts;
  • Discussion of security requirements and testing in accordance to international security standards i.e. Common Criteria or ITSEC;
  • Evaluation of e-voting: the effects of it and how to evaluate experiments.

We would like to invite individuals from academic, applied and practitioner backgrounds as well as public authorities and bodies, NGO/NPOs, education institutions and independent organisations to submit their research and project papers. We welcome different multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches and disciplines including (but not limited to): law & legal studies, social sciences, computer sciences, political sciences, psychology, sociology, applied computer gaming and simulation, democratic theory, media and communication sciences.


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