Success, failure and challenges of e-participation

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Success, failure and challenges of e-participation

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

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