cedem13 keynote

Summary #CeDEM13

The CeDEM13 call promised “networking, great keynotes, good food” (see www.donau-uni.ac.at/cedem). And we delivered: the CeDEM13 presented keynotes by Beth Noveck, Karine Nahon, John Carlo Bertot and Tiago Peixoto. Presenters and attendees came from 23 countries, allowing for interesting converstations and networking opportuniteis. And the food? Well, the social dinner was a delicious success, held at the Late Brasserie overlooking the Danube.

So this was CeDEM13. But we still have a little bit more on offer.

We blogged throughout the whole conference, and the digitalgovernment blog gives you a summary of all the CeDEM13 sessions (includes photos, presentations and further material). If you want to actually see what it was like, take a look here:

You need more? Yes, of course.

  • This is the overview to the 2,5 CeDEM13 days (CeDEM13 program_final.pdf).
  • If you want to know more about CeDEM13, and the relevant content use the tag cedem13.
  • But  if you just want to have a look about what our 4 Keynotes had to say, use our tag cedem13 keynotes;
  • If you want to read about the sessions on Day 1 (2013, May 22nd), use the tag cedem 13 day 1;
  • For the session on Day 2 (2013, May 23rd) use the tag cedem 13 day 2;
  • And for the session on Day 3 (2013, May 23rd) use the tag cedem 13 day 3;
  • If you want to look at the pictures, find them in our CeDEM13 flickr Album;

The CeDEM13 proceedings will soon be available online (OA) as a pdf, and in book format by the end of summer. We will let you know – so come back!

It was a pleasure meeting you all in Krems, and we hope you enjoyed the CeDEM13 conference! Are you interested in CeDEM14?

CeDEM14 will be held 21-23 May 2014 in Krems – more details to be found on our website www.donau-uni.ac.at/cedem stay tuned  via Twitter  or sign up for our newsletter.

If you can’t make it then, join us for the CeDEM-Asia in autumn 2014 in Hong Kong (dates to be announced).

* JeDEM Open Access E-Journal: Call for Papers – submit a paper of your work until 17th June 2013. Focus of the next issue: Transformation of Citizenship and Governance –  special Asia focus. For more inforamtion please contact us here.

And last but not least – Peter Paryceks closing presentation:

Peter’s final question and remark: “What would Max Webe do? See you @CeDEM14 in Krems”

#CeDEM13 Day 2 afternoon, Keynotes

CeDEM13, day 2#CeDEM13 Day 2 afternoon, Keynotes: Karine Nahon and John Carlo Bertot

Behind the Scenes:
In
formation Flows in Networks

Karine Nahon, University of Washington

Among Nahon’s research interests are information flows, natural gate keeping and inequalities in cultural technologies. She is also co-author of the book “Going Viral” and on several boards striving to make information more transparency.

Information flows are a way for us to have traces, which can help us understanding the interrelations between technologies and social structures. How can viral information flows impact social structures? Information flow is also a mechanism to both reproduce social norms, but also to transform them. One example of viral movies is the Gangnam Style music video, which reproduces the values we already know. On the other hand, we find a subtle criticism of the capitalist system in Korea. (more…)

#CeDEM13 Day 2 afternoon, Keynotes: Karine Nahon and John Carlo Bertot

Behind the Scenes: Information Flows in Network

Karine Nahon (University of Washington)

Karine Nahons keynote begins with film of the protests in Israel in July 2011 agaisnt the regime. Are these protests the result of facebook? No the “success” of protests (up to 500,000 protesters) was due to the use of  news paltforms.

We need to look at these information flows: they are traces, help us understand events and the relationships betweeen technology. But we also need to understand that information flow, in particular viral information, offers not only reprodcution but also transformation. Such information flows challenge institutions and fundamentally transform the structures of institutions and power relations among stakeholders. Importantly, change does not occur through technology, (technology is always changing!) but through changes in behaviour. (more…)

#CeDEM13 – Keynotes Day 1, Tiago Peixoto

The CEDEM13 Conference on eDemocracy and Open Government in Krems just started, this year with two keynotes from overseas:

Beth Noveck (@bethnoveck) and Tiago Peixoto (@participatory).
We will upload brief summaries of the keynotes and several sections on this blog, later on there will also be slides on slideshare available. Enjoy the conference and your time in Krems!
CeDEM13, day 1Tiago Peixoto (World Bank Washington)

“Pessimism of the Intellect and Open Government”

There is a logical fallancy called „argumentum ad novitatem“ meaning that new things are sold to be more appealing, alongside the notion of semantic plasticity: new terms are adapted conveniently without explanation of their real meaning, and narrowly used language can confuse supporters, prevent focus and be the enemy of long term success.

Coming up with new names is no problem per se, however, looking at the field of eParticipation, Peixoto criticised that this term is techo-deterministic, biased, under-theorized and methodologically immature. One task thus would be to connect with the participation field, but beyond the Habermasian. We should also be looking at matters of epistemic democracy instead of theories of crowdsourcing to find out under what circumstances crowds can produce knowledge etc., and at theories that are already there. (going with the pessimism of the intellect, but the optimism oft he will J). (more…)

#CeDEM13 – Keynotes Day 1, Beth Noveck

The CEDEM13 Conference on eDemocracy and Open Government in Krems just started, this year with two keynotes from overseas:

Beth Noveck (@bethnoveck) and Tiago Peixoto (@participatory).
We will upload brief summaries of the keynotes and several sections on this blog, later on there will also be slides on slideshare available. Enjoy the conference and your time in Krems!
CeDEM13, day 1
Beth Noveck (New York University and MIT; founder of the White House Open Government Initiative and former United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government)

“Crowdsourcing Wisely Not Widely: The Next Generation of Citizen Engagement”

Nowadays the economic sector is more and more driven by data of their customers, crowdsourcing opportunities and technologies that rely on big data. According to Noveck these technologies have foremost helped to make changes more concretely and faster. There are a few crowdsourcing projects like the Open Ministry Project that successfully build a link between citizens and government, but there is still a long way to go. One problem with engaging the public is that, at this point, it is still hard to receive meaningful comments or to move from mass deliberation to real, quality collaboration.

(more…)