Some reflections on possible
uses of E-participation for the
local level
Cedem2014, Krems
Carolin Schröder
Centre for Tech...
Participation is context-related.
> what about eParticipation?
> what about mParticipation?
Framing eParticipation
“the us...
Criteria Description
Level of
participation
What level of detail, which degree of participation and
decision-making (how m...
Ø
Experiences from face-to-face participation, but
Ø
technical & design development (online & mobile)
Ø
specific communica...
Is all participation suitable for all levels? as e.g. E-
Participation processes are not as small-scale (yet) as
many offl...
www.FlashPoll.eu – A
What consequences does this have for the use of ICT in
local decision-making processes ?
Does ICT actually support democra...
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  1. 1. Some reflections on possible uses of E-participation for the local level Cedem2014, Krems Carolin Schröder Centre for Technology & Society TU Berlin
  2. 2. Participation is context-related. > what about eParticipation? > what about mParticipation? Framing eParticipation “the use of ICT to support … democratic decision-making processes” (Macintosh 2004).
  3. 3. Criteria Description Level of participation What level of detail, which degree of participation and decision-making (how much influence for citizens)? Stage in decision-making When to engage (early enough, at the right time), for what period of time? Skills & Resources needed Who needs which (media interaction) skills/ resources in order to participate? How may s/he get them? Which options are there? Context sensitivity Political, legal, cultural, economic, technological factors at the respective level Accessibility Who should be engaged, and by whom, how many, from where? Usability Which Methods and Technologies are being used? How do they relate to the target groups? How and with what to engage citizens, with which objective(s)? Transparency/ Privacy/ Control Which information is given, what are limits and restrictions, what personal information will be needed/collected, will there be an evaluation, how to find out about outcomes/ results, costs? Descriptive Criteria for (e-)Participation
  4. 4. Ø Experiences from face-to-face participation, but Ø technical & design development (online & mobile) Ø specific communication patterns in social networks Framing E-Participation
  5. 5. Is all participation suitable for all levels? as e.g. E- Participation processes are not as small-scale (yet) as many offline processes. Scalability of E-Participation Face-to-Face Participation eParticipation Face-to-Face participation eParticipation Local GlobalRegional National
  6. 6. www.FlashPoll.eu – A
  7. 7. What consequences does this have for the use of ICT in local decision-making processes ? Does ICT actually support democratic decision-making? To what extent? Some Questions

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