#CeDEM13 Day 2 afternoon, Keynotes: Karine Nahon and John Carlo Bertot
Behind the Scenes:
Information 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…)
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…)
Open Research: Data Management and Policies in the Austrian national context
Michela Vignoli, Ross King
Open Research means open access to reasearch data and papers.
Michaela Vignoli shows the need to develop a new research culture that reflects current research work: distributed teams, digitised content, e-infrastructures, computer aided search and processing of data, online cooperation (“e-reserach”).
Open research is therefore a response to the developing research culture.
The universites in Austria have adopted the “green” OA path.
#cedem13 Day 2 morning, Track: Open Collaborative Government & Social and Mobile Media for Public Administration, Chair: Sylvia Archmann, Norbert Kersting
E-Participatory Map over Process Methods in Urban Planning
Karin Hansson, Göran Cars, Love Ekenberg, Mats Danielson
Karin Hansson looked at the definitions of e-democracy, and found that many of these are often contradictory and include exaggerated expectations. The aim of the project is on the one hand is to to understand participation, and on the other hand, how to improve the participation processes.
The study shows that often the agenda is set by experts or authorities, rather than being developed within the local-global public sphere. It is necessary to consider the participant: who is the participant, e.g. is it the residents today, or the ones tomorrow? Is it the local residents, or the city at large? In some cases it may be necessary to try to inlcude all groups. (more…)