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Todd O’Boyle in 10 sentences #CeDEM17

Todd O’Boyle is one of our keynote-speaker at the CeDEM17 at the Danube University Krems in May 2017.  We asked him to send us 10 sentences about his keynote, his expectations of CeDEM17 and his vision of the future.


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Todd O’Boyle (Next Century Cities, US) on “Digital Tools and Digital Democracy: US Cities and Civil Society in 2017”
Todd O’Boyle serves as Deputy Director of Next Century Cities, where he is overseeing the launch of the new Next Generation Engagement Awards to promote innovative citizen engagement and digital inclusion strategies in gigabit cities. He also works to shape strategy and organizational direction and policy priorities.
Prior to joining Next Century Cities, former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Copps picked Todd to launch his Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause, a non-partisan good government organization. In that capacity, Todd directed public interest communications policy campaigns, including successful efforts to guarantee the Open Internet (network neutrality); protect and promote competition; and stop Comcast’s bid to acquire rival Time Warner Cable. Regularly quoted in the national, local, and specialized media, as Program Director, he also managed legislative and regulatory outreach, grassroots engagement, and development relations.
Todd has experience in the academic and political worlds, having taught communications policy and worked in grassroots campaigns for nearly a decade. He has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Delaware.

Image: twitter.com/ttoboyle


What are the main assets of your keynote?
What are your expectations of CeDEM17?
What is your vision of the future?

  1. Even at a time of one-party rule in Washington, DC, the American federal government is sclerotic.
  2. On the one hand, the American citizenry is more engaged than ever witness record-setting protests, congressional town halls over capacity, etc.
  3. On the other, Americans feel an unprecedented level of isolation from and disapproval of their representatives in Washington, DC.
  4. Meanwhile, the United States has a long history of state and local government level policy innovation i.e.) the *laboratories of democracy.*
  5. So years of federal gridlock have bred innovation in open government, direct democracy, and citizen participation at the local level.
  6. Digital technologies offer unparalleled opportunities for engagement, entrenching systemic bias in decision-making towards the privileged.
  7. However, the disconnected may miss out on important governance decisions.
  8. The American voluntary and philanthropic sectors have a long history of local partnerships to remedy social problems with out-of-the-box solutions.
  9. Foundations and philanthropies can partner with non-profits to identify promising ideas, fund them, and broadcast them.
  10. The Benton Next Generation Engagement Awards offers an important model for rewarding innovative digital civic engagement that offer citizens a greater say in how their communities are organized and run.

Image: twitter.com/ttoboyle


CeDEM17 – International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2017 (17.05-19.05.2017)
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Keren Flavell: #CeDEM17 in 10 sentences

Keren Flavell is one of our keynote-speaker at the CeDEM17 at the Danube University Krems in May 2017.  We asked her to send us 10 sentences about her keynote, her expectations of CeDEM17 and her vision of the future.


CeDEM17 – International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2017 (17.05-19.05.2017)
Registration open


Keren Flavell (TownHall App Pty Ltd, US) on “Reinvigorating the Role of Media to Educate and Engage Citizens”
Keren is an award-winning web producer, author, speaker and strategist. She is internationally recognized as a global thought leader and digital innovator with more than 20 years of experience in the tech industry focusing on community, content and connection via advanced digital platforms. Her company Treet.tv pioneered connection between the virtual / in-world experience with live streaming and content distribution to hundreds of thousands of viewers — virtual and real-worlds alike. Keren has spoken on virtual worlds and social entrepreneurism at SXSW, AIMIA Conference, IAP2, Adelaide Futureproof and is a frequent blogger and talk show host Byte Into It — a technology talk show out of Melborne, Australia. Keren works between Ho Chi Minh City, San Francisco and Melbourne as a producer, consultant and serial entrepreneur and when in the right time zone, she really knows how to throw an amazing party.


What are the main assets of your keynote?
What are your expectations of CeDEM17?
What is your vision of the future?

  1. Most public engagement techniques are complex or obscure, resulting in low participation.
  2. The silent majority are too busy to commit the effort required, so they are drowned out by the loud minority.
  3. There’s widespread mistrust that government will act upon input from the community.
  4. The misuse of psychographics and algorithms for political influence makes it critical for traditional media to act as guardians of democracy.
  5. We are presenting a new model for mass participation by invigorating the role of local media.
  6. Political debate can learn from sports and gaming to be better at attracting and keeping attention.
  7. We want to explore how public opinion insights can guide actions by decision-makers.
  8. We want to understand how to support the cultural shift in making more transparent and collaborative decisions in government
  9. Exercising the muscle of citizen participation will lead to deeper levels of deliberation on issues.
  10. Creating a more open platform for discussion and debate will grow trust amongst citizens that their voices make a difference.


CeDEM17 – International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2017 (17.05-19.05.2017)
Registration open

This was the CeDEM Asia 2016

Here you find photos and all blog posts (including most presentations) from the CeDEM Asia 2016.

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Voices from the CeDEM Asia 2016

Following ten successful conferences in Austria and two inspiring conferences in Singapore and Hong Kong, we opened a new forum in Asia for exchange of ideas, networking, and collaboration in the field of E-Democracy and Open Government.

» Find here all our blogposts and reviews from the CeDEM Asia 2016 in Daegue.

CeDEM Asia 2016 was hosted in Daegu (South Korea) from 7-9th December 2016. A lot of people joined our conference. Find here a statements from Rajit Hewagama, Ben Huffman, Astik Sinha, Pheaktra Neth, Tetsuro Kobayashi, Manuela Hartwig, Jeanette Orminski, Rich Ling, Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen, Ivo Babaja, Heike Hermans, Sayasat Nurbek, Robert Krimmer, Marko Skoric and Peter Parycek.

CeDEM Asia 2016

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Demokratische Online-Beteiligung an politischen Entscheidungsprozessen

Forschungsprojekt „ePartizipation“ zur Förderung der Demokratie über IKT-gestützte Teilnahmeprozesse für BürgerInnen erfolgreich abgeschlossen

Gesellschaftliche Beteiligung und Teilnahme an demokratischen Entscheidungsprozessen im digitalen Zeitalter stellt Organisationen aus allen Bereichen vor große Herausforderungen. Es stehen nicht nur die erhöhte Partizipationsbereitschaft, sondern auch die möglichen Einsparungspotentiale in Verwaltungsverfahren im Fokus von IKT-gestützter Beteiligung der Gesellschaft. Das Projekt „ePartizipation – Authentifizierung bei demokratischer Online-Beteiligung“, gefördert durch das österreichische Sicherheitsforschungs-Förderprogramm KIRAS – eine Initiative des Bundesministeriums für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie, hat sich 2 Jahre detailliert mit den wichtigen Kernaspekten dieses Themenkomplexes auseinandergesetzt und wurde erfolgreich abgeschlossen. Das Projektkonsortium setzte sich aus dem AIT Austrian Institute of Technologie (Koordination), dem Bundesministerium für Inneres, dem Zentrum für E-Governance der Donau-Universität Krems,  der Österreichischen Staatsdruckerei GmbH, rubicon IT GmbH und der Universität Wien, Arbeitsgruppe Rechtsinformatik zusammen.

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