Micah L. Sifry, Keynote EDem10

Micah L. Sifry, Personal Democracy Forum. “The Promise and Contradictions of E-Democracy, Obama Style” Keynote held at: EDem10 Conference, Danube University Krems, Austria, May 2010

Andy Williamson, Keynote EDem10

Dr. Andy Williamson, Director of Digital Democracy, Hansard Society, London. Keynote “Disruption and empowerment: Embedding citizens at the heart of democracy” held at EDem10 Conference, Danube University Krems, Austria, May 2010.

  • Announcment: Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2011
  • Sum up of the EDem10 posts

    Thanks to all particpants, for your blog posts, tweets, videos and pics!

    Thanks to the Sponsors of EDem10

    EDem10 – Day 2 – #2

    In the afternoon of the second day, parallel panels on Transparency & Governance and E-Voting as well as two workshops were taking place.

    Track: Transparency & Governance

    Evgeniya Boklage: Communication without borders

    The rather theoretical but inspiring presentation focused on successful communication and the concept of the public sphere. Boklage wants to avoid the traditional concept and substitutes it with a system based approach. Public sphere has three main functions (Neidhardt 1994): Transparency (input), Validation (throughput) and Orientation (output). The traditional system of mass media does not succeed to pay attention to all of that and the Blogosphere can possibly enhance that. However, the political system is shaped in a way so that the public sphere does not appear to be transparent. The question is whether the blogosphere is a real contribution to the public sphere and whether the internet empowers citizens (vs. just a symbolic phenomenon). Boklage presented some ideas how the blogosphere could enhance transparency, e.g. the blogophere as a tribune for NGOs or politically driven citizens.