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New international conference on eParticipation and call for contributions, September 2009

4. December 2008 – 12:59 by Danish Technological Institute

Received a piece of news concerning a new international conference on eParticipation which may be of interest to you.

As some of you probably know, 2009 will be the first time, ePart, a new International Conference on eParticipation (www.demo-net.org/epart), will take place following the 8th international EGOV conference 2009 (part of the DEXA conference cluster, www.dexa.org). ePart is dedicated to topics on eParticipation and eDemocracy. ePart will take place 3-4 September 2009 in Linz (AT), i.e. right after EGOV conference 30 August to 2 September 2009 with which ePart will be co-located.

A call for papers and workshops/panels is published for both the 2009 ePart and (EGOV www.egov-conference.org/egov-2009).

Contributions may be in the form of scientific papers (distinguishing between completed research and ongoing research), project presentations, and workshops. Each format encourages scientific rigor and discussions of the state-of-the-art, innovative research in progress, studies of practical eGovernment/eGovernance, eParticipation and eDemocracy projects, as well as system implementations.

Accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) Ongoing research and project papers will be published in the Trauner (Linz, AT) proceedings.

Important dates include:

  • Submission of papers:  28 February 2009
  • Submission of workshop/panel proposals: 15 April 2009
  • Submission of PhD projects:  15 April 2009
  • Notification of acceptance for papers: 15 April 2009
  • Notification of workshops/panels/PhD projects: 15 May 2009
  • EGOV conference: 30 August to 2 September 2009
  • ePart conference: 3-4 September 2009

Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen, Danish Technological Institute



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Call for eParticipation articles for the European Journal of ePractice to be announced

14. November 2008 – 17:17 by Danish Technological Institute

Dear Colleagues,

Many of you may already know the European Journal of ePractice (EjeP), but do you know that the next special edition is devoted entirely to eParticipation!

The 6th issue of the Journal provides a good chance to write articles based on our work and experiences and provide an excellent opportunity to public, disseminate and most importantly to exchange experiences and ideas.

Launched in November 2007 the Journal belongs to the ePractice.eu community and is sponsored by the European Commission as part of its good practice exchange activity and is run by an independent Editorial Board.

The aim of the Journal is to reinforce the visibility of articles as well as that of professionals while strengthen the overall ePractice.eu activity. The Journal promotes the diffusion and exchange of good practice in eGovernment, eHealth and eInclusion and is available to all potential readers free of charge. The Journal currently has an audience of 50,000 professionals in Europe and beyond, and build on a community of some 14,000 members.

The deadline is 8 December, but I know that the editor for the eParticipation issue Jeremy Millard can be pursuaded to extent the deadline till the second half of December if asked nicely. Relevant links are provided below.

Call: http://www.epracticejournal.eu/info/11

Submission guidelines: http://www.epracticejournal.eu/guidelines

European Journal of ePractice: http://www.epracticejournal.eu/home

Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen

Danish Technological Insitute

 



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The telecom package and the need for participation

3. July 2008 – 11:48 by Bengt Feil (TuTech Innovation GmbH)

The so called telecom package is a collection of amendments to existing European laws which will drastically change the organization of telecommunication in Europe and especially of the internet. The package will be the framework for the national laws concerning telecommunication. The purposed law has produced a lot of harsh criticism among members of the online community. This uproar is nothing less than the self-organized participation of the effected stakeholders of this law.

To better understand why the telecom package is criticised in such a fierce manner here are some statements form digital citizens of Europe. Laquadrature.net posted a document containing the most important regulations which will be put into place by the law. It also points out the problematic issues that laquadrature.net think could result from the law. For example it may be that the law would allow the Commission to “impose technical standards on content filtering and monitoring computing so called ‘trusted computing’. The Commission would be able to give the concerned by these regulation recommendations following a quick and undemocratic procedure, at the request of any national regulation authority (ARCEP, CSA, HADOPI in France, OFCOM in the UK, PTS in Sweden).” Another example is that the implementation of “technical measures” to prevent infringement of intellectual property can only be achieved by deep packet inspection or by using spyware on consumers’ computers. Slashdot thinks that the whole Peer-to-Peer infrastructure in Europe may be endangered by this. P2P is used for many legitimate purposes like Skype, the distribution of free and open source software and media content. Following the argumentation of laquarture.net and many others (as for example Members of the European Parliament) the different amendments may be a threat to privacy and freedom of internet users. It may also damage the European economy by hindering innovation.

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Australia 2020: Broadbased consultation on the future

11. June 2008 – 16:24 by Danish Technological Institute

To consult the Australian public, strengthen the participatory process and outcome Kevin Rudd (Australian Prime Minister) announced in February 2008 an Australia 2020 Summit to help shape a long term strategy for the nation’s future – a strategy requiring long-term commitment and responses beyond the usual electoral cycle. In this connection more then 1000 opinion makers and citizens were invited to give their opinion and provide their input to help shape a long term strategy for the Australia’s future. More then 3600 persons and interest organisations submitted in excess of 8800 suggestions for evaluation and discussion culminating in the Australia 2020 Summit in Canberra 19-20 April this year.

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Call for proposals for eParticipation projects 2008

3. June 2008 – 10:06 by Bengt Feil (TuTech Innovation GmbH)

On May 30th the European Commission released the Draft Work Programme 2008 – ePARTICIPATION in legislative and decision-making processes. The call for proposals will start in early June and end on August 29th (to be confirmed) and will distribute a total budget of 5 million €. The detailed timetable for the call can be found on the bottom of this page.

The call targets the third democratic principle of the European Union formulated in the Lisbon Treaty: Participatory democracy – new forms of interaction between citizens and the European institutions. The eParticipation Initiative aims to fight the perceived democratic deficit, to reconnect citizens with politics and policy-making and to reduce the complexity of decision-making and legislation processes. The call itself is part of the eParticipation Preparatory Action launched in 2006.

The two main objectives for 2008 are to advance eParticipation by exploring the future course of eParticipation through applying new tools and applications to the EU decision-making processes and to improve inter-parliamentary networking and cooperation. The first goal is subdivided into a number of specific issues to be addressed by potential proposals. The different issues to be addressed include both technological political challenges. These subdivisions are:

  • Transparency in tracking legislation and decision-making processes
  • Visualisation of impacts of legislation
  • Policy developments related to the Internet and governance
  • Petitions
  • Inclusive social networking

The second main objective focuses on the relationships and communication between member state parliaments. Proposals in this field should suggest innovative ways to improve this communication between member state parliaments with special focus on how to improve citizens’ involvement, public debate and participation on EU affairs when they are debated in national parliaments.

To achieve the first main objective trail projects will be funded. For the second objective a support action will be established.

Detailed information and all documents concerning this call for proposals can be found on the European Information Societies website.



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The news of tomorrow – today

28. May 2008 – 17:42 by Bengt Feil (TuTech Innovation GmbH)

No matter if you are a company, a journalist, a politician or a curious citizen – you certainly are interested in knowing which topics will be relevant tomorrow. The reasons for that may vary from the wish to have a competitive advantage to pure interest in a subject.

To reach this goal it seems to be helpful to use a number of tools that make it possible to identify those topics and issues that have not yet reached the awareness of the mainstream. The internet does provide a variety of tools which can help achieving that very well especially if a certain field of interest has to be monitored. I will talk about a few of these tools in this text.

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