Facebook Engagement and Greek Local Governments (Amalia Triantafillidou, Georgis Lappas, Prodromos Yannas, Alexandros Kleftodimos)
How to measure effectiveness of social media in politics? Various studies tried to measure effectiveness by dimensions, f.i. transparency, participation and collaboration (Mergel 2013; other approach: Bonsón et al. 2014). The model presented was applied in the Greek context, measuring dimensions like awareness, attitude expression, engagement and advocacy. Data collection was based on 325 municipalities and took place from June to August 2014.
28% of municipalities had an official Facebook page, 16% had a Facebook profile. How do those who have one differ from one who have none? One factor is the size of a municipality, and in fact no other significant differences could be found. There is a low exploitation of social media by Greek municipalities, which can partly be explained by bureaucracy. It is argued that the majority of municipalities should start participating in the social media arena. (more…)
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.
This workshop was hosted by Johann Höchtl and Carl-Markus Piswanger with presentations of Anke Domscheit-Berg, Reinhard Riedl, Gregor Eibl et al. After an introduction and overview about open data portals in Austria and the cooperations by Eibl, we heard about the LOD2 Project in Serbia (Serbia’s first linked data source). More information on the project can be found here.
Anke Domscheit-Berg presented several advantages of open data visualisation with regards to the different questions that can be answered (e.g. Where: Where does my money go? Where is my subway? Where is my free bike?). The Guttenplag wiki, the phone data of Malte Spitz or Virtual Water (an application providing users with a water footprint of products) were examples of open data visualisation. visualizations of energy statistic data can be found at http://energy.publicdata.eu/ee/vis.html
In the area of data journalism drawing on open data, the guardian came up with a visualisation of the UK riots on a timeline. More visualisation of UK riot data on the Guardian Datablog.
We hope you all had a wonderful start into the new year! We are happy to present you a little new year’s gift with our current issue of JeDEM:
This special edition of JeDEM focused on Open Government and Open Information brings together a set of papers that contributes to understanding about creating new levels of openness in government and about the related opportunities, challenges, and risks. Collectively the papers inform current thinking about the transformation of government, the challenges and risks of pursuing an openness agenda, and the influence of culture and politics on new technical developments.
Olivier Glassey (Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP), Lausanne
Theresa Pardo (Center for Technology in Government/SUNY, New York
Efthimios Tambouris (Technology Management Dpt, University of Macedonia)
“New communication technologies – from the printing press to Facebook and Twitter don’t cause revolutions alone, argues Mark Sedra in an essay for the Globe and Mail. But fast means for distributing criticism and making plans can spur activism, particularly in promoting democracy. Social networking has emerged as the Web communication “medium of choice in the developing world, with those who are wired typically spending more time on social networking sites than e-mail,” explains Sedra. Foreign intervention or haranguing can backfire, leading to setbacks for local movements. Instead, democracy promoters in the West can develop a strong infrastructure, enabling social-media tools and innovations that allow citizens living in authoritarian states to access a free internet. Of course, the same principles apply for governments and citizens in the West – blocking or criminalizing criticism, as has been done with WikiLeaks, protects a powerful few rather than society. Sedra concludes that an open and free internet is a strong internet.” – YaleGlobal Online, 18-02-2011.
A free and open internet spreads the best ideas and unnerves the powerful