Suddenly, my work project became more interesting :-)

…or embedded into current politics. It often does, being related to new technology, media and political decision making etc. 🙂 I was transcribing qualitative interviews for a university project on electronic participation last night. When I finished the last one at about 7am, the subject suddenly became more significant for current politics due to the EU referendum results. One of the project goals is to evaluate tools for direct democracy, and to find out which democratic processes (from the Austrian referendum/Volksbegehren to other forms of decision-making, co-decision or participation) would be suitable for an electronic or online version – including assessing the user perspective. (more…)

Invitation for Blind Applications

We aim at enlarging our team with highly-motivated new full time researcher colleagues with a focus on social sciences, political science, communication science or computer/information science, presumably for a non-tenured position of 3 years (pre-doc or post-doc).

We at the Department for E-Governance and Administration are a vibrant interdisciplinary research team, always looking for dedicated new colleagues. During the last years our team grew steadily. We cover diverse topics such as law, social sciences, technology, psychology and statistics. As a national and international renowned research partner we deliver solutions in the domains of eGovernment, eParticipation, policy development and ICT for public administrations.

In the mid term we are looking for

  • one technically oriented position, ideally with a CS background, and
  • one position with a focus on science, society and/or communication in public administration.


E-Democracy and E-Participation #cedem16

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.
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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.
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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.
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Call for Papers: CeDEM Asia 2016

The International Conference on E-Democracy and Open Government (CeDEM) Asia 2016 will be hosted in Daegu, South Korea, on 7-9 December, 2016.

Logo CeDEM Asia 2016

We look forward to opening a new forum in Daegu, South Korea for exchange of ideas, networking, and collaboration on the topics of citizen engagement, e-democracy, internet freedom, open government, cyber-security, smart cities and other emerging topics. CeDEM Asia 2016 seeks to critically analyse present and future developments in the field, with a special focus on the following themes:

Track: Social media and citizen participation

  • Social media, citizen mobilization & engagement; Sustainability of e-participation
  • Social movements and citizen networks
  • Online campaigning and elections
  • Digital divide and literacy
  • Social media-enabled crisis and disaster management

Track: E-government and e-democracy

  • ICTs and their use for governmental transformation
  • Open data, transparency, participation and collaboration in government
  • Cultures of governance, access and openness, crowdsourcing for government
  • Roles of policy-makers, industry professionals, and civil society activists in facilitating open governance
  • Electronic identity, Internet freedom and censorship; Surveillance, privacy, and cyber-security
  • Cross-border interoperability of e-government artefacts – approaches and standards

Track: Smart cities and emerging topics

  • Becoming a smart city: Best practices, failures and practical challenges;
  • Successful technologies for integrating all dimensions of human, collective, and artificial intelligence within the city;
  • The internet of things and co-production; Interoperability
  • Relations of innovative technologies, democratic societies & concepts of “Smartness“
  • The social implications of technology, social cities, the best options for citizens, avoiding the negative impacts of technology
  • Smart cities, citizen science and urban informatics

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: June 30th, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: September 15th, 2016
  • Camera-ready paper submission: October 15th, 2016
  • Conference dates & location: December 7-9th, 2016


Further Information and Contact

City University of Hong Kong, Danube University Krems, Cyber Emotions Research Center (YeungNam University), WATEF, Nam Center for Korean Studies (University of Michigan), and Singapore Internet Research Centre (Nanyang Technological University), jointly organise CeDEM Asia 2016 with an aim of bringing together researchers, policy-makers, industry professionals, and civil society activists to discuss the role of social media, mobile technology, open data and digital innovation in the future of citizenship and governance. The conference allows interdisciplinary perspectives to analyse current research, best practices, and emerging topics that are shaping the future of e-government, e-democracy and open government in Asia and around the world.


IRIS16 – Netzwerke

Das 19. Internationale Rechtsinformatik Symposion fand von 24.2.2016 – 27.2.2016 an der Universität Salzburg statt und stand unter dem Generalthema “Netzwerke”. Das Zentrum für E-Governance der Donau-Universität Krems beteiligte sich mit einigen Beiträgen.


Aspekte der Inklusion aus Sicht der E-Partizipation

Im Track “E-Democracy III – E-Partizipation” am Donnerstag nachmittag präsentierten Vinzenz Heussler von der Universität Wien und Judith Schossböck von der Donau-Universität Krems einen Beitrag zum Thema “Aspekte der Inklusion”, basierend auf einem gemeinsam mit Janos Böszörmenyi verfassten Arbeitspapier. Die rege Beteiligung an der Diskussion zeigte, dass E-Inklusion im Bereich der elektronischen Beteiligung ein besonders aktuelles Thema ist, insbesondere, was das Thema Barrierefreiheit und die Inklusion verschiedener Bevölkerungsgruppen betrifft. Die Präsentation stellte die Zielgruppen der E-Inklusion, die rechtlichen Rahmenbedingungen und Standards sowie Empfehlungen zu Inklusion und Barrierefreiheit vor, die auf den im KIRAS-Projekt ePartizipation gewonnenen Erfahrungen basierten.


Workshop zum Forschungsprojekt „ADEQUATe“

Im Rahmen des Hackathons stellte Thomas Lampoltshammer das von der FFG geförderte Projekt ADEQUATe vor. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Semantic Web Company GmbH und der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien forscht die Donau-Universität Krems im Bereich der automatisierte Verbesserung der Qualität offener Daten in bestehenden Datenportalen. Während der Diskussion zeigte sich, dass EntwicklerInnen durchaus bereit wären für eine höhere Datenqualität auch zu bezahlen. Auch die Problematik der Aktualität von Daten und wer die „Pflege“ dieser übernimmt wurde intensiv diskutiert. Seitens der Datenbereitsteller – im konkreten Fall des Workshops Firmen und Verlage – wurde vor allem der Punkt standardisierter Schnittstellen zur Einspeisung und (semi-) automatisierter Qualitätssicherung angesprochen.