Bill Dutton starts with the story by Martha Payne, a 9-year old changed food policy in British schools – internet can impact institutions.
The role of the internet is always changing, at the moment the Internet is seen as empowering institutions. It is not technological determination but it does help change – e.g. access to information. It is about reconfiguring access to information, people, services and technology; it is a power shift.
Bill considers the constantly changing role of the internet, that at the moment is seen as empowering institutions. Whilst we should not see it as technological determination, the internet does help change – e.g. by providing access to information. It is about reconfiguring access to information, people, services and technology; it is a power shift.
He presents the known 4 estates, clergy (experts, public intellectuals), nobility (business, industry, and internet industrial elites), commons (government), press, mob (civil society, networked individuals); he adds the fifth, which includes bloggers, whistle-blowers and other individuals that improve government and governance – reshaping and improving the institutions. Not every internet user is the 5th estate – it is those users who use the internet “strategically”,– often younger, urban, and from a minority.
5 questions to Bill Dutton with Noella Edelmann
College of Communication Arts & Sciences (Michigan State University, USA)
William H. Dutton is the Quello Professor of Media and Information Policy in the Department of Media and Information, College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University, where he is Director of the Quello Center, and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Southern California. He is also the recipient of the International Communication Association’s (ICA) first Fred Williams’ award for contributions to the study of communication and technology, the William F. Ogburn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association in 2014, was named an ICA Fellow in 2015, and received an Endowed Faculty Medallion from MSU in 2017.
EGOV-CeDEM-ePART 2018 Summary
EGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2018 represented the merge of the IFIP WG 8.5 Electronic Government (EGOV), the IFIP WG 8.5 IFIP Electronic Participation (ePart) and the Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government Conference (CeDEM). The conference was held annually, and was hosted 3-5 September 2018 at the Danube University Krems in Austria.