The first PEP NET Online Consultation (2-13.03.2009) focused on:
Issue 1 Existing technologies: How can participation initiatives better exploit the ICT tools they already regularly use, like email, online information, online discussion forums, webcasts, podcasts, chat rooms, wikis, blogs, polls and voting, petitions, etc.?
Issue 2 Emerging technologies: How can participation initiatives successfully exploit ICT tools which they do not yet regularly use, including mobile, Web 2.0 social networking and mash-up approaches, as well as mass collaboration, wisdom-of-the-crowd, aggregation and policy modelling tools (such as innovation jams, decision-markets, visualisation, simulation, etc.)?
Issue 3 Channels: How can eParticipation initiatives work with non-ICT channels and processes to promote and exploit better participation and engagement of all types? For example, with traditional policy and political activities through the traditional media, physical meetings, polling and voting, traditional campaigning and communication strategies, etc.
Issue 4 Bottom-up: How can eParticipation contribute to promote and exploit bottom-up beneficial engagement by citizens or other actors, i.e. which arises directly from the needs of specific actors themselves and is not initiated or controlled by politicians or governments? This can include situations both in which the actors’ engagement does not involve any real transfer of influence or power from government, as well as when it does.
Issue 5 Top-down: How can eParticipation contribute to promoting and exploiting beneficial engagement by citizens or other actors in initiatives designed or controlled by politicians or governments? This can include situations both in which the actors’ engagement does not involve any real transfer of influence or power from government, as well as when it does.
Issue 6 Dangers: How can eParticipation initiatives mitigate or avoid the dangers of unaccountability, street politics, mob-rule, take-over by the digital elite or narrow interests, trivialisation, short-termism, too much focus on single issues and too little policy balancing, apathy, lack of trust, etc.
Issue 7 European public sphere: How eParticipation can help promote and exploit a European public sphere for engagement which crosses national and/or linguistic/cultural/ethnic borders?
Issue 8 EU cooperation with other actors: How can EU institutions cooperate with other actors (e.g. the media, civil organisations, social networking sites, the private sector, etc.) in order to beneficially exploit eParticipation? For example, should European institutions join social networking sites, monitor such sites, establish partnerships with other actors, etc.?
Issue 9 EU learning experience: How can EU institutions learn from successful eParticipation initiatives used elsewhere, including from local, regional or national level, from the private or civil sectors, from outside Europe, etc.?
Issue 10 Changes in nature of politics and institutions: How and in which ways can eParticipation contribute beneficially to changing the nature, processes and structures of politics and policy engagement? For example, including many more individuals and interests (quantitatively, qualitatively and geographically); eliminating, by-passing or enhancing the role of elected or non-elected representatives; changing the relative power and roles of institutions and/or creating new institutions, etc.
The consultation results and further information are available on the PEP-NET wiki;
for further information about PEP-NET see the PEP-NET blog.
The 2nd online consultation will be in autumn 2009, if you are interested in participating, please contact Bengt Feil: firstname.lastname@example.org