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 1, afternoon, Workshop: Evaluation/Success (..)

#CeDEM13 day 1, afternoon, Workshop: Evaluation/Success and Failure of eParticipation

Michael Sachs and Judith Schossboeck from the Centre of E-Governance are currently resposible for evaluation of a large-scale youth eParticipation project. In order to draw on expertise of the experts present at CeDEM13 and to refine the intended evaluation frameowork, a workshop was held. As introduction, the OurSpace project and the platform was introduced to the participants, and thereafter factors of success and failur of eParticipation projects were identified, both on a general level and with view to experience with own projects.

The following is a documentation of the parameters defined in the workshop as well as the discussion.



Factors of Success

  • The topic has to be relevant/of interest/need-based for the target group. A topic of contemporary conflict can sparkle interest.
  • User experience/usability and design
  • Continuous involvement of users in process (also in design)
  • Tools and devices:
    • Accessability – also related to device. Also mobile options should be provided.
    • convergence of devices/tools (not only one tool provided)
  • Commitment of the government/stakeholders/government inclusion
  • A clear picture of the effect and outcome/evidence of impact
    • Innovation aspect – added value of the project
  • Ask clear questions – not too complicated issue
  • Reach out: go where people already are
  • Target group:
    • Cool factor: related to target group
    • Clear picture of target group and their interests and values
    • consider costs of participation of user group: qualitative and quantitative
  • Benefits:
    • Financial beneftis of participation
    • Entertainment/games/gamification elements –>motivation
  • Transparency of the process and providers/initiators
  • Free dialoge and space for diversity (safe space)
  • Feedback/support provided


#cedem13 Day 3, Open Space

The open space provides a space for participants to present their ideas, topics and organise their own sessions. The following project were discussed in detail:

Johnstone Baguma & Milton Aineruhanga


This project uses ICT to empower citizens in East Africa. The network consists of 7 partners. The project focuses on including women and young people into decisions taken in the political and societal sphere.

Anneke Zuiderwijk & Keith Jeffery


The ENGAGE project (FP7) aims to provide an infrastrucure for open, linked governmental data to be used both by citizens and the research community. The platform is currently in beta status and feedback from the CeDEM13 conference will be included in further development.

CeDEM13, day 2

find more pictures on flickr

Peter Gregson

Whistleblowing in Public Authorities and Mismanagement of Public Projects and Public Funds

KidsNotSuits is a website that focuses on gighting corruption and mismanagement in public bodies and public project. The discussion addressed varius aspects of the problem and different approaches to solutions in different countries were discusses.

#CeDEM13 Day 3, PhD Colloquium

#CeDEM13 Day 3, PhD Colloquium, SE 3.5, Chair: Peter Parycek, Christina Hainzl

Anja Adler

Liquid Democracy-Norm, Code and Developers of Democracy beyond Representation

Jorge Francisco Aguirre-­Sala

The Limits of Political Participation and Electronic Platforms (more…)

#cedem13 Day 2 afternoon, Reflections

CeDEM13, day 2

find more pictures in our CeDEM13 flickr album..

5-minute Reflections on….

….E-Participation, E-Government, E-Voting

Marko M. Skoric, Nathaniel Dunbar Poor

Barriers to Entry and Online Political Activism. Slacktivism has pre-internet origins and does not require a high level of involvement. Slacktivism is motivated by selfishness and narcisitic reasons, constructing an online identify etc.. Pros are lowering the barrier for participation, raising awareness; Cons: Slacktivism has little to no impact on political outcome. (more…)