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Our space poster_cedem14

  1. 1. E-Participation for Young people in Europe: Lessons Learned on a Cross-National Level Michael Sachs, Judith Schossböck, Zentrum für E-Governance CEDEM14 – Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government
  2. 2. About the OurSpace Project • Cross border, 4 languages: AT, CZ, GR, UK • ~ 4300 Users, 4900 posts, 6100 likes, 600 topics • July 2010 - December 2013 • 4 stages deliberation process: • propose, discuss, vote, summary (45 complete debates) • 20 politicians participated actively, mostly MEPs • partly topic creation by decision makers • Engagement of young users: • Most successful strategies: offline events, direct mass communciation campaigns, and dedicated topic campaigns • E-participation environment with a modular design and an interested, young and politically diverse community • Available on JOINUP.eu
  3. 3. Lessons Learned • Language major obstacle in cross-national debate • “OurSpace is a good means to get involved or more interested in politics” • 75 % positive responses of 420 participants in user questionnaire • More involvement from politicians requested • institutional or political commitment necessary • Qualitative participation in deliberation processes takes long time • contrasts the speed of the internet and social networks • Moderation necessary • low content moderation but guidance (e.g. proposal functionality)
  4. 4. Thank you for your attention! Michael Sachs Judith Schossböck Michael.Sachs@donau-uni.ac.at Judith.Schossböck@donau-uni.ac.at www.joinourspace.eu

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