Tag Archives: e-participation

A modest proposal… for the ECI

A commonsense proposal for making the EU’s Citizen Initiative (ECI) more lightweight and effective – based on some old research. Continue reading

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ECI4all sytem: Replacement of OCS announced – but who are they?

You may be aware that the European Commission has been supporting the development of an online collection systems for online signatures for the European Citizens Initiative – it’s called OCS and hosted on the JoinUp platform. Now, the OCS has a … Continue reading

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The resistible rise of Facebook

On a completely different subject: it’s interesting to compare the almost complete dominance of Facebook now with the situation as I found it a couple of years ago. From the Next Web, 10 June 2012: Facebook is eating the world, except for China and … Continue reading

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What are community councils doing online in Scotland

Over the summer, I have been working with a volunteer intern Bruce Ryan carrying out an update of a study carried out 2004-2006 which investigated how technology could be developed to help regenerate democracy at the local community level. We’re getting to the data analysis and report drafting stage, so now seems a good idea to start sharing our progress. Continue reading

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The 100 day lifespan of the e-petition

As part of the EuroPetition evaluation process for the report we’ve just issued, one research question we asked was whether there is an optimum time for closing a petition. I thought I’d discuss one finding that came out of playing … Continue reading

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