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Conference: Internet & Participation

10. August 2012 – 11:55 by Rolf Luehrs

Date: Saturday, 1st of December 2012, 10am – 6pm

The Internet was always connected to a vision of a participatory society. There is the idea that the new medium would produce politically better informed citizens and that that would lead to greater citizen participation. However, skeptics believe that the barriers between the individual and the political public sphere are not technical but social in nature and therefore cannot be repealed by online technologies. Today we are still somewhat between the highly technical deterministic and technical indifferent position. With the social web new opportunities developed and they are used by civil society organizations as well as by political parties and by governments and administrations – from e-petitions to adhocracy, from wikis to open data. What works? Who participates? How can people be mobilized online? What impact do the new online tools have on political communication, on political decision-making and on the political system itself. That is the subject of this conference. We will look at the political online participation from different perspectives, from the civil society side, bottomup, and from the sides of politics, top-down. The conference will not only focus on and discuss scientific results but will also try to build a bridge between science and practice in order to share knowledge and experience. Therefore scientists and representatives from civil society organizations, parties, administrations etc. are invited.
Conference language is German, translation cannot be provided.

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    By Asociacion Ciudades Kyosei / Pedro Prieto-Martin on Aug 13, 2012

    The link with “More Infos”, at the end of the post is not working, so… here you have the page it refers to:

    Clicking on the “Tagungsprogramm” link at the top of the page, you will reach the program of the Conference, which is organized by the “Research Center for Media and Communication” of the the University of Hamburg.

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    By Rolf Luehrs on Aug 13, 2012

    Thanks Pedro, has just been fixed!

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