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(Research) conferences about eParticipation & Youth: an overview for 2013

20. March 2013 – 17:01 by nadine

Also in 2013, there will be some good occasions to exchange about eParticipation & youth, in particular from a research perspective. The benefits for participants is obvious: next to updates about important and relevant developments in the field of eParticipation, participants value the inspiration for upcoming trends, high-class keynote speeches and the possibility to network and get together. As a side effect new project ideas are born – another good reason to attend such conferences.


We have pulled together a small overview about relevant research conferences for 2013. For further, detailed information about the below mentioned conferences please browse the link under each paragraph (e.g. conference fee, registration). The overview below is not complete, hence if you do find another conference worth to mention, please add a comment and a link, if available.


Youth 2.0: Connecting, Sharing and Empowering? Affordances, Uses and Risks of Social Media

March, 20-22 | Antwerp, Belgium | Working language: English

The call for papers ended end of November last year, thus, the final program is in process.

The conference focuses on the themes of identity construction, social relations, interests at stake, supporting and empowering.

Within the strand of interest at stake, the question is included, how young people can be mobilized through social media. The concrete design of this thematic strand will be answered once the final program is published. In particular to what extant eParticipation is addressed concretely.

Further information:*UCSIAENG2&n=108874&ct=108874



Youth and Civic Participation. Is a Younger Generation Reshaping European Politics?

May, 15-17 | Antwerp, Belgium | Working language: English

The UCSIA devotes a whole conference to the topic of youth and digital participation. The call for papers has ended end of January. Overall, the conference addresses four key themes: Motives and values that inspire youth to engage, Old and new behaviour of civic participation, Context and skills that condition youth civic participation, Impact and influence of youth civic participation on contemporary politics.

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Cedem – International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2013

May, 21-23 | Krems, Austria | Working language: English

Till February 5th interested ones in this conference could use the chance to submit a paper or a workshop proposal within the call for papers.

The conference offers a great variety of thematic tracks related to current questions: E-Democracy and E-Participation, Open Collaborative Government,

E-Policies and E-Society – Human Rights for the Internet Age, Social and Mobile Media for Public Administration, E-Campaigning & E-Politics,

Bottom-Up Movements, Open Data, Transparency and Open Innovation, Open Science and Open Access, Freedom and Ethics in Digital Societies.

In what extant eParticipation and youth will be addressed, the final program will show, once it is published.

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12th Nordic Youth Research Symposium (NYRIS) – Changing societies and cultures: Youth in the digital age

June, 12-14 | Tallinn, Estonia | Working language: English

The call for papers ended these days on January 31st, thus, the next step towards the final program is in progress. The conference addresses in general the challenges of the digital change from a youth perspective. Overall, the organisers offer 30 sessions in 16 streams, displaying a large variety of topics such as, youth participation and political activities, online youth activism, youth and digital games, youth and online identities, as well as youth and media.

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12. eGOV & 4.ePART

September, 16-19 | Koblenz, Germany | Working language: English

Within the 12th eGOV conference, the 4th edition of ePART takes place as an own thematic track. The deadline for contributions, such as papers, is March 15. For workshop proposals and panels counts a different deadline for which it is advisable to browse the conference website regularly, to be up to date about it.

In 2012 some new relevant insights about eParticipation and youth could be presented, let’s see for 2013 edition.

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Some further inspiration can be found in the blog post from Tim Bonnemann (@planspark) from Intellitics, providing additional information on conferences in Northern America, for example.

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#ePART12 – Learnings from an international research conference about eParticipation

10. October 2012 – 11:52 by nadine

From November 3rd till 6th, ePART took place in Kristiansand, Norway. It has been the 4th research conference of this kind which takes place as a separate track within the EGOV research conference. The EGOV conferences are organized by the IFIP Working Group 8.5 and in 2012 the 11th conference took place.
ePART is a place where people exchange latest research results, network, foster and establish cooperation between researchers and practitioners from the field of e-participation, and identify future trends.
ePART is a rather small research conference, in total the city of Kristiansand and the University of Agder welcomed around 100 participants including speakers and moderators.

Within the project, youthpart will be able to pile up some insights regarding relevant questions about youth & e-participation and young people’s participation in the digital society. These findings but also technical innovations may be interesting for a forum such as ePART as well.
Among the 18 research presentations, 2 key notes and 2 workshops, the following four projects attracted youthpart’s attention:


  • Getting Teenagers to participate: a case study from the city of Lausanne
  • Choosing the Right Medium for Municipal eParticipation
  • Online Communities Support Policy-Making: The need for Data Analysis
  • Public Policy Formulation through Non Moderated Crowdsourcing in Social Media


Getting Teenagers to participate: a case study from the city of Lausanne

Getting Teenager to participate – that was the focus of the scientific analysis presented by a representative of the University of Lausanne. The task proofed to be challenging: the city of Lausanne decided to establish a youth council and in order to attract applications for it, the decision was made for a two folded campaign, using online (e.g. facebook, youtube) and offline media (e.g. posters). For the design and implementation a media agency was contracted. The (failed) campaign was evaluated by the University of Lausanne and the Graduate School of Public Administration and showed how difficult it is in fact to motivate young people to participate in political engagement beyond organized structures. Yet, some interesting findings from the motivated youngster who handed in an application suggest that various factors contribute to becoming active as a young person, such as idealism to improve the world, political discussions with parents or active members of the family who serve as example, previous (voluntary) experiences.


Choosing the Right Medium for Municipal eParticipation

Researchers from the University of Agder put the relationship between media preferences, the need for information and local participation in the centre of their research. They chose an 8,000 inhabitant village and first identified the different target groups (e.g. business, youth, immigrants, seniors) and asked them about their media preferences and information need.  According to the data, young people voice a need for general information, local information, individual information, and in addition are interested in a service dialogue as well as a service to report infrastructure problems. For all these information needs, the figures show that internet based communication services are in the lead, especially websites and email. Social media services unfold their strengths when it comes to the specific information need “forum for discussion” and “dialog among business” whereas mobile media peak when it comes to reporting infrastructure problems.


Online Communities Support Policy-Making: The need for Data Analysis

Using swarm intelligence to support policy making still has its perils when it comes to text-based online discussions: finding the key arguments and their benchmark within a reasonable time span proofs to be difficult. There is a need for data analysis based on a technical approach says a representative of the Fraunhofer Institute. The software presented manages to analyse long thematic threads according to different criteria: words are clustered based on their frequency and the user just needs to define the name of that specific cluster then. Additionally, the tendency of clustered text can be displayed which allows to identify positive and negative arguments and their strength. One important aspect is the setting of the discussion meaning that users know about the purpose of the online-platform, the topic, relevant questions and who set it up; that only allows users to make conscious contributions.


Public Policy Formulation through Non Moderated Crowdsourcing in Social Media

The presentation of a European research project lead to some controversial discussion among the audience: the consortium presented the idea to develop crawler software that searches social media, collect postings, analyse them and offer them to support policy making. The consortium calls it non-moderated crowdsourcing in social media, while the audience is reminded about surveillance mechanisms. Representatives of the project argue that social media are public sources of information, similar to online newspapers, and therefore could be used easily for policy making purposes. A listener from the audience refers to ministries who use exactly the same argument to watch online activities of their citizens, for surveillance purposes. The discussion showed that this project works at the brim of the notion of e-participation.


ePART and EGOV conferences benefit from their international audience; not only through the contribution of European participants, but to a great extant through participants from around the globe, such as Mexico, Indonesia, the United States of America, Brasilia, Cameroon, India and South Korea. ePART’s fifth edition will take place from September 16-19, 2013 in Koblenz, Germany, jointly with the 12th EGOV conference.


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