Coming soon – the PEP-NET Summit

I’ll be one of the crowd at this week’s PEP-NET summit to be held in Hamburg this Thursday. Find out more here and here.

I’ll partly be there to represent the ITC and to catch up with e-participation researchers and practitioners;  amongst other things, we’ll be talking about how PEP-NET will be evolving over the next few years.

But, I’ll also be hosting one of the break-out corners, where I will be talking about two things relating to online petitioning-type systems in Europe:

  • Getting round the challenges of hosting and managing petitions that have to be presented (and managed) in more than one language
  • The specific challenges that the upcoming European Citizens Initiative presents, in the context of complexity of administrative process, but also managing a multi-lingual political system (again).

As it happens, these are two areas that the EuroPetition project is exploring.

The one thing we can’t do is pretend that it’s OK to assume everyone will use English

More after the event.

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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