The CEDEM13 Conference on eDemocracy and Open Government in Krems just started, this year with two keynotes from overseas:
Beth Noveck (@bethnoveck) and Tiago Peixoto (@participatory). We will upload brief summaries of the keynotes and several sections on this blog, later on there will also be slides on slideshare available. Enjoy the conference and your time in Krems! Beth Noveck (New York University and MIT; founder of the White House Open Government Initiative and former United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government)
“Crowdsourcing Wisely Not Widely: The Next Generation of Citizen Engagement”
Nowadays the economic sector is more and more driven by data of their customers, crowdsourcing opportunities and technologies that rely on big data. According to Noveck these technologies have foremost helped to make changes more concretely and faster. There are a few crowdsourcing projects like the Open Ministry Project that successfully build a link between citizens and government, but there is still a long way to go. One problem with engaging the public is that, at this point, it is still hard to receive meaningful comments or to move from mass deliberation to real, quality collaboration.
das #gov2vie-Camp hat heuer besonders viel Spaß gemacht. Wir möchten uns bei allen TeilnehmerInnen noch einmal ganz herzlich für’s Kommen und alle Beiträge und Kommentare bedanken – durch euch war’s so ein großer Erfolg und dem nächsten Event steht so nichts entgegen.
Einige von uns haben fleißig mitgetippt und Material gesammelt. Im Folgenden findet ihr eine Übersicht bzw. Verlinkung zu diesen Beiträgen, Fotos etc.
Transparency and access to information, new ways of interacting with government and democratic institutions, and Internet-based, decentralized grassroots activism have caused profound changes to the way states are run and society expected to function. Social media and new dimensions of online social activity, including individual and collective content generation, collaboration and sharing as well as the emergence of spontaneous multilevel networks change our understanding of how to run countries and companies. Services provided by public and private organisations have increased citizens’ independence and flexibility, but at the same time allow for more control. Now we have reached the point where we need to look at what the ideas, promises and suggestions have brought and why some projects have failed to reach the aims. Have aims and expectations been set too high? Or is the question how we define success (and failure)? Has the role of technology been overemphasised?
These are some of the questions and topics we would like to discuss at the 2013 Conference. CeDEM13 critically analyses present and future developments in e-democracy and open government.
The Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2012 took place at Danube University Krems on 3 & 4 May 2012. Speakers from all over the world met in Krems to dicuss issues related to the digitalisation of society. Find a short summary of the event in this blog post.