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Deliberation In The Internet

  1. 1. Seminar Watchdogs - Working Out Credibility Association of Leaders of Local Civic Groups & Stefan Batory Foundation Warsaw 26th - 27th of March 2009 Deliberation in the Internet – how to secure the privacy and moderate without censorship Simon Delakorda Institute for Electronic Participation (INePA) Ljubljana, Slovenia
  2. 2. Starting questions  When should NGOs establish and facilitate deliberative internet public debates?  What are the necessary communication principles and rules (on-line moderation vs. censorship)?  How to secure legitimacy, accountability and inclusiveness of debates?  Which are privacy issues for citizens and NGOs participating in internet based debates?  How to ensure that policy-makers will include results from internet debate into adopted legislation?
  3. 3. Why bother with Internet public debates?  When is necessary to establish an open space for exchanging and sharing opinions regarding public issues among citizens (e-debates).  When formulating experts and interest groups contributions to a policy or legislative proposal (e- consultations).  Benefits for NGOs: visibility, legitimacy, transparency, openness, participation, interactivity and content.  Challenges for NGOs: technical expertise, digital exclusion, additional (financial) resources, passive citizens, government & media ignorance, facilitation and moderation.
  4. 4. Internet debate moderation vs. censorship  Active and passive moderation  Relevant issue selection  Starting questions  Following discursive ethics standards  Focusing debate and archiving inappropriate messages (not deleting them)  Time frame  Additional information and web links  Debate report
  5. 5. Legitimacy, accountability and inclusiveness of internet debates  No restrictions regarding participation  Participation of both internet users and non-internet users  Registration with name in surname (?)  Involvement into policy-making process or public opinion formation (motivation for participation)  Involvement of decision-makers (feedback)  Non-biased moderators reports  Consensus among participants on final report  Follow up (policy evaluation)  Are numbers important? (participatory legitimacy vs. representative legitimacy)
  6. 6. Privacy issues for citizens and NGOs  Registering with “real” name and surname  Identity manipulation  E-mail database management  Personal data protection legislation  Who is responsible for hate speech and flaming?  How relevant and accountable are contributions from anonymous users?
  7. 7. Including results of Internet debate into adopted legislation  Secure obligation from decision-makers that the official feedback will be provided (at the start up)  Non-biased and professionally prepared Internet debate report  Expert follow up (policy evaluation and informing participants)  Media promotion  General impression (technical implementation, quality of debate, level of moderation, connection to live events, overall professionalism, etc).
  8. 8. Conclusions  Internet ultimately is a democratic tool and we have to perceive it as such in order to use it for identifying, deliberating and implementing public interest.  The present socio-political conditions are not favouring full implementation of deliberative potentials of the Internet.  Examples and cases of good practices overcoming those limitations are there for crucial!
  9. 9. Thank you very much for your attention! Institute for Electronic Participation (INePA) Povšetova ulica 37 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia Tel.:+386 41 365 529