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26 02, 2014

Project NetDiscourse Explores Political Deliberation on Twitter

By |2018-11-21T15:42:17+00:00February 26th, 2014|Deliberation, Europe, Research, Social Media|0 Comments

Interesting research project out of the University of Bonn, Germany: Political Deliberation on the Internet: Forms and Functions of Digital Discourse Based on the Microblogging System Twitter From the project outline: Partly driven by social media applications such as the microblogging platform Twitter, the far reaching process of mediatisation of society has ushered in new [...]

16 02, 2014

CITRIS Event On Policy Crowdsourcing in Finland

By |2018-11-21T15:42:17+00:00February 16th, 2014|Crowdsourcing, Europe|1 Comment

Interesting event at UC Berkeley This Wednesday: Tanja Aitamuro, Research Exchange: Crowdsourcing in Policy-Making: The Impact of Blended Expertise on Law-Making Process This talk reports on a study about the impact of crowdsourcing on a law-making process in Finland. In the studied process, the off-road traffic law reform was opened for public participation in Finland [...]

29 01, 2014

OIDP Distinction “Best Practice in Citizen Participation”

By |2014-01-29T22:59:48+00:00January 29th, 2014|Awards, Europe, Radar|1 Comment

The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) is an organization based in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain). From their about page: The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) is a space open to all cities in the world and all associations, organizations and research centers interested in learning about, exchanging impressions and applying experiences of participatory democracy [...]

21 01, 2014

Policy Compass: New Research Prototype for Policy Evaluation and Analysis

By |2018-11-21T15:42:17+00:00January 21st, 2014|Argument Mapping, Deliberation, Europe, Radar|0 Comments

While we're on the topic of interesting e-participation initiatives being funded out of Europe, here's another such example: Policy Compass! From the project website: The main goal of Policy Compass is to develop a research prototype of an easy-to-use, highly visual and intuitive tool for social networks and eParticipation platforms, enabling citizens and public officials [...]

17 01, 2014

D-CENT: New European Citizen Engagement Platform Under Development

By |2018-11-21T15:42:17+00:00January 17th, 2014|Europe, Radar|14 Comments

Meanwhile in Europe... D-CENT D-CENT: Decentralised Citizens ENgagement Technologies Abstract: D-CENT will create a bottom-up, decentralised, open platform for collective awareness based on integrating already successful open-source codebases. Its first practical experiments will address democratic engagement, building on Europe's largest experiments in direct democracy – the Open Ministry linked into parliament in Finland, and the [...]

9 01, 2014

Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Conference (PDD2014)

By |2018-11-21T15:42:17+00:00January 9th, 2014|Europe, Events|3 Comments

Update 2014/01/29: There has been a slight date change. The conference will be held July 9-11, not July 7-9, 2014. This conference looks interesting. From the website: Scaling and Innovation: Contemporary Difficulties and Future Prospects for Participatory and Deliberative Democracy This conference explores the connection between participation and deliberation in the light of these and [...]

20 12, 2013

Happy 10th, mySociety!

By |2013-12-20T03:15:44+00:00December 20th, 2013|Europe|0 Comments

UK-based mySociety turns ten: Now we are 10 Their mission is "to help people become more powerful in the civic and democratic parts of their lives, through digital means." Here's a list of their projects and services. Tom Steinberg hosted a well-received session at eDemocracyCamp in Washington, D.C. back in 2008. Here's a coolio list Tom [...]

16 12, 2013

Engage2020: Improving Collaborative Governance in Science and Research

By |2018-11-21T15:42:19+00:00December 16th, 2013|Europe, Research|0 Comments

Engage2020 is a new EU-funded project to "map and promote more citizens and societal engagement in future calls for the EU-science programs in Horizon 2020." From the website: Why Engage 2020 During the last decades participatory approaches gained particular relevance in the field of science and technology policy making. Technocracy alone does not meet The [...]

3 11, 2013

Video Trailer: El Figaró

By |2018-11-21T15:42:20+00:00November 3rd, 2013|Europe, Participatory Budgeting|0 Comments

There's an interesting documentary in the works about participatory democracy in a small town in Catalonia, Spain. From the project website (translation via Google Translate, modified): The Figaro is a village in the Vallès Oriental governed by an assembly of neighbors who do not belong to any political party. For ten years now, the city [...]