This track offered insights into different forms of eDemocracy and eParticipation at the CeDEM16 Conference.
CeDEM – the international Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government – brings together e-democracy, e-participation and open government specialists working in academia, politics, government and business to critically analyse the innovations, issues, ideas and challenges in the networked societies of the digital age. The CeDEM16 will be held from May 18th to May 20th 2016 at the Danube University Krems.
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E-Democracy and E-Participation
- A Review of Introducing Game Elements to eParticipation (Sarah-Kristin Thiel)
- Civicracy – Establishing a Competent and Responsible Council of Representatives Based on Liquid Democracy (Reinhard Hainisch, Alois Paulin)
- Styles of Online Participation in the Monza Participatory Budgeting (Stefano Stortone, Fiorella De Cindio)
- Scaling Up Democracies with E-Collecting? (Uwe Serdült, Fernando Mendez, Maya Harris and Hyeon Su Seo)
A Review of Introducing Game Elements to eParticipation (Sarah-Kristin Thiel)
What is the status and the challange of of eParticipation? It seems the engagement rate has not been increased and the challanges are to activate and engage the people to long-term participation. Gamification can encourage and increase the usage of different systems. Different groups can be attracted through gamification, like young or less interested people. But do we want to gamifiy democracy? The critique is, that it is not a bridge builder for everybody. The clue is to have different strategies e.g. challanges, incentives and point systems to increase eParticipation. Even if game aspects are not “reaching” everybody they can serve as additional motivatians.
Civicracy – Establishing a Competent and Responsible Council of Representatives Based on Liquid Democracy (Reinhard Hainisch, Alois Paulin)
What is the motivation for eParticipation and how can we bring together citizens and politicians? Civicracy follows the core principles of liquid democracy and enables collaborative decision-making. Civicracy constrains the liquidity of vote delegation through a algorithm of representation and it focusses on the liquid-democratic constitution of a council of representatives.
Styles of Online Participation in the Monza Participatory Budgeting (Stefano Stortone, Fiorella De Cindio)
It can be shown, that participation is changing. A case of an initiative in the city of Monza according to Participatory Budgeting was presented, by using an analytic framework. The results showed that there is still a big number of people who are participating offline and that there are gender differences due to participation activities.
Scaling Up Democracies with E-Collecting? (Uwe Serdült, Fernando Mendez, Maya Harris and Hyeon Su Seo)
There are different participatory instruments in Switzerland which allow citizens to put new issues on the policy agenda. The focus of the research was to classify them into three basic categories: 1) petition 2) agenda initiative and 3) citizens’ initiative. E-collecting mechanism can depend on the specifity of used instruments (policy impact of an instrument), as well as the insitutionalisation of the instrument (new, old). Cases from e.g. Finland, Latvia, Switzerland, show different systems for e-collecting.