The second day of the conference started with keynote speakers Micah L. Sifry and Stevan Harnard.
Micah L. Sifry: The Promises and Contradictions of eDemocracy – Obama Style
Sifry gave some insights into the characteristics and reasons for the successful Obama campaign by analsying the metrics produced by the campaign. In America there are extreemly long election campaigns and after 2 years of mobilising we can speak of mass mobilisation. Micah pointed out that it is the people who have felt empowered by the campaign at first. The election was called about 11 p.m. Within the next hour the streets were filled with people dancing and chanting which has never happened in the U.S. before.
In the afternoon several parallel panels and workshops were running.
E-Democracy and Open Government
Axel Bruns: g4c2c: Enabling Citizen Engagement at Arms’ Length from Government
This session was on Government 2.0 and Open Government in Australia. Are g2c and c2c flawed models of participation? For instance, g2c may be mere service delivery, not community consultation and c2c (often only used by the usual suspects) are often too distant from political actors to be recognised although they may generate open and engaged debate. Bruns pointed out the desirable qualities for citizen consultation towards the model g4c2c where governments are an arms’ length supporter of citizen-to-citizen initiatives.
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From May 6th to May 7th, the international Conference on E-Democracy organised by the Centre of E-Government at Danube University took place in Krems.
Jürgen Willer, Rector of Danube-University Krems welcomed the participants and thanked the Centre for establishing national and international connections in the field of E-Democracy. Having already completed many projects in this area, the Centre startet a new project this year by combining topics like open government, e-society, e-democracy and e-voting.
Peter Parycek, Head of Centre for E-Government, is chairing this years conference together with Alexander Prosser. He presented some projects of the Centre and mentioned the cooperations making this conference possible: BRZ Austria, AIT, zebralog, OCG and the cinema of the campus. Referring to the campaign of Barack Obama Parycek explained the discussions in Austria wheter we see the development as re-democratisation of America. The central question is: Did Obama really change the way we are doing politics. (to Parycek, he did – especially with defining the principles of the Open Government Memorandum. Movements like Open Data, Open Access and Open Government were accelerating globally as a consequence.) We will hopefully find more answers to this topic at the conference and discuss the implications of moving towards an open and democratic e-society in a time when e-democracy and e-government are merging.
“A revolution doesn’t happen when a society adopts new tools. It happens when society adopts new behaviours.“ (Clay Shirky)
4th International Conference on eDemocracy
6. and 7. May 2010
- Distribution and Empowerment: Embedding Citizens at the Heart of Democracy
- Goverati: E-Aristocrats or the Delusion of E-Democracy
- The Promise and Contradictions of E-Democracy, Obama Style
Micah L. Sifry
- Open Access to Research: Changing Researcher Behavior through University and Funder Mandates
Find the full programme here.
Please register at the Conference Website.
EDem10 will take place at Danube-University Krems, Austria, on 6th and 7th of May 2010. EDem is the leading E-Democracy conference in Europe and the keynote speakers and will ensure a remarkable event. On primary aim is to bring together researchers and practitioners. Extended Call for Papers and further information:
Extended Call for Papers
You can submit papers at the conference website until 1st of March 2010. EDem10 unites many different disciplines and promotes interdisciplinary approaches to E-Democracy. On primary aim is to bring together researchers and practitioners. We would like to invite individuals from academic, applied and practitioner backgrounds as well as public administration offices, public bodies, NGO/NPOs, education institutions and independent organisations to submit their research and project papers.
Registration is now open. Please visit the conference website and benefit from early registration until 28th of February.
We are still working on the programme, but confirmed keynote speakers and workshops promise an exceptional event. Please visit this Blog and the Conference Website for regular updates.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
- Stevan Harnad – American Scientist Open Access Forum; Universite du Quebec a Montreal, CAN; University of Southampton, UK
- Ismael Peña-López – Open University of Catalonia, School of Law and Political Science, Barcelona, Spain
- Jochen Scholl – The Information School, University of Washington, USA
- Micah L. Sifry – Personal Democracy Forum, TechPresident, New York, USA
- Andy Williamson – Hansard Society, London, UK