Success, failure and challenges of e-participation
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Success, failure and challenges of e-participation Success, failure and challenges of e-participation Presentation Transcript

  • Centre for Digital Citizenship Success, Failure & Challenges of eParticipation Ann Macintosh Professor of Digital Governance Centre for Digital Citizenship Institute of Communications Studies The University of Leeds, Email:
  • eParticipation perspectives Evaluation & Impact Measuring political, social & democractic effects Doing eParticipation Designing & applying tools & processes Understanding eParticipation Identifying & analysing issues, discussions, people
  • Success, failure & challenges: Equity
    • Challenges for success
    • Acknowledging multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society
    • Understanding factors of exclusion
    • Role of mass media to reach excluded sections of society
    • Failures in current state:
    • Lack of understanding how divides impact on representativeness of eParticipation
    • Limited reliability and acceptability of eParticipation decisions
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  • Success, failure & challenges: Institutions and Stakeholders
    • Challenges for success
    • Create environment and culture to engage with eParticipation
    • Online visibility and internal communication
    • Understanding problem-solving and power-sharing
    • Failures in current state:
    • Institutional & political resistance to eParticipation
    • Lack of commitment from elected representatives
    • Overlapping initiatives by public agencies
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  • Success, failure & challenges: Information systems
    • Challenges for success
    • Change of emphasis to a holistic view of design and application
    • eParticipation design environment
    • Advancing knowledge technologies
    • Failures in current state:
    • Dependent choice of technology design and application for research
    • Lack of formal representation of information
  • eParticipation Research Priorities
    • Focus on growing multi-cultural and multi-ethnic shape of society
    • How eInclusion research can benefit eParticipation
    • Investigating relevance of technology devices
    Inclusive eParticipation
  • eParticipation Research Priorities
    • Investigating relevance and added value of eParticipation to engage politicians
    • Understanding what politicians think about eParticipation
    Representatives and eParticipation
  • eParticipation Research Priorities
    • How formal consultations are taken up by public sphere
    • How effectively online consultations are inter-connected with other sites on same public-policy issue
    Social Networks and eParticipation
  • eParticipation Research Priorities
    • Capturing the meaning of public debate
    • Investigating multi-media information to support debate
    • Supporting moderation & facilitation
    Understanding the conversation & supporting deliberation
  • eParticipation Research Priorities
    • Does ‘political participation’ have common meanings across Europe & amongst different social actors?
    • How are key terms relating to eParticipation used & applied by various actors?
    Cultural & normative differences
  • eParticipation Research Priorities
    • Focus on how eParticipation affects democracy
    • Integrating criteria and methods for assessing eParticipation
    • Investigating long term impacts
    Quality and Impact of eParticipation
  • Conclusions
    • Current eParticipation is both a success and a failure!
    Needs more inter-disciplinary research Needs consideration of a range of technologies (old and new) Needs commitment from all stakeholders Thank you