EDEM 2010 in Austria – Call for papers

The next EDem conference has been shifted to May 2010, to avoid a clash with the EPart conference held in parallel with EGOV at DEXA.

The call for papers is now out. More details can be found here, but here’s a summary:

Scientific eDemocracy visions and models have been developed since the 1960s, but it is now, during the first decade of the 21st Century, that they are becoming reality, being tested and implemented. Extensive IT provides the necessary basis, but it is not the developments in IT alone that are responsible for successful eDemocracy projects – it is due all those who use and apply them, as they adopt new behaviours and change old ones.

The new digital generation[*] lives and breathes new values: they collaborate, compile content together, share their ideas, create networks on social platforms and organise themselves quickly and simply. The new values held, the new behaviours adopted, the changed mindset, along with improved usability and a still-increasing use of the internet, has led to a rapid and radical change in our society.

EDem10 focuses on these changes which can be seen occurring in different areas and which are manifest in different way:

  • Transparency & Communication
  • Participation & Collaboration
  • Architecture, Concepts & Effects
  • Different Fields: open government initiatives, eDemocracy, eParticipation, eVoting, eDeliberation;
  • Approaches and Disciplines, including multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches
  • Research Methods.

The primary aim is to bring together researchers and practitioners, including people from academic, applied and practitioner backgrounds as well as public administration offices, public bodies, NGO/NPOs, education institutions and independent organisations.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Micah Sifry, Co-founder and editor of the Personal Democracy Forum; editor of TechPresident; Sunlight Foundation Consultant (USA) www.personaldemocracy.com
  • Andy Williamson, Director eDemocracy Programme at the Hansard Society London (U.K.) http://www.hansardsociety.org.uk/
  • Ismael Peña-López, Lecturer and researcher, School of Law and Political Science Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain) http://ictlogy.net/

I’m on the conference committee, which unfortunately (some might say) will prevent a repetition of this. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Remember 1968?

[*] OK, I don’t have many memories from 1968, but I’d like to see more discussion of the benefits of online participation for an aging and increasingly housebound population – the internet’s not just for the young you know! In fact, a lot of the thinking behind direct participation started with the 1968ers who are now mostly well past retirement age. They should be very comfortable with the ideas involved – think of Arnstein’s Ladder of Participation from 1969, and are generally happy with the technology too.


About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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