The nice thing about finally having a comprehensive event calendar in place is that now you can know in advance which conferences to follow each month. Here's what's coming up in March: ASPA 2012 Annual Conference (March 2–6, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV) CeBIT (March 6-10, 2012 in Hanover, Germany) South by South West Interactive (March 9–13, [...]
For those interested in multi-lingual online dialogue, check out Free Speech Debate, a new project led by Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies at Oxford University. The one-pager explains the project in-depth. In short, the site hosts editorially-led discussions on the topic of freedom of speech in today's networked world. The site invites participants from around the [...]
Earlier this week, Lloyd Brown shared a nice post that lets us in on a new trend, the personable bridge that tweets: Twitter talk: Three things ‘fake’ bridges teach us about public engagement Apparently, there are now a number of bridges across the country that have their own Twitter account. For the most part, these are [...]
Interesting new project brewing over at Knight Foundation: Engagement Commons: A new tool to empower civic engagement With the explosion of open data, we’ve seen a proliferation of civic software aiming to get community information on everything from road closures to restaurant inspections into people’s hands. The apps have great potential for engaging people in improving [...]
Yesterday, Gov2u pointed to a 2010 white paper by London, UK-based The Democratic Society, a "non-partisan membership organisation for democracy, participation and new ways of doing government": Democracy Pays -- How democratic engagement can cut the cost of government (PDF) While I bookmarked the document then (not least because it references ParticipateDB), I didn't blog about it [...]
This just in via the IAP2 Canada newsletter: IAP2 North America Conference 2012 – Call for Proposals Welcome to the 2012 North American IAP2 Conference! We are extremely excited to be working with our partner organization IAP2 USA to bring you this event and hope you can join us September 30 - October 2, 2012 [...]
Thanks to a tweet by Evgeny Morozov I came across this new research paper by W. Ben Towne and James D. Herbsleb, published in the current edition of Journal of Information Technology & Politics (Volume 9, Issue 1, 2012, pages 97-115): Design Considerations for Online Deliberation Systems (subscription required) ABSTRACT. Online deliberation enables structured, topical discussion about particular questions [...]
These were our three most popular posts in January: Response to White House Request for Input: What Are the Most Effective Web Tools for Public Participation? 2012 Event and Conference Radar What Is Public Participation? Thanks for following along, everyone!