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Ilona Tikka, Matthias Wevelsiep: Social Media for Immigrant Participation


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Ilona Tikka, Matthias Wevelsiep: Social Media for Immigrant Participation

  1. 1. Social media for Immigrant Participation Verkkodemokratia ja kansalaisten osallistuminen seminaari 17.11.2010 Immigrant Inclusion by eParticipation
  2. 2.  ICT -supported citizen participation in the processes of government and governance.  Many spheres of participation (social, cultural, political)  Levels of engagement (local, municipal, national, transnational, global)  Stages of policy making (from issue identification to decision making and implementation)  Multiple stakeholders (citizens, NGOs, gov. officers, politicians)
  3. 3. technology -> models for enhanced social, cultural and political participation and inclusion -> manuals for immigrant groups and authorities
  4. 4.  Participatory action research involves a continuing spiral of ◦ planning, ◦ acting (implementing plans), ◦ observing (systematically), ◦ Reflecting ◦ Re-planning ◦ and so round the spiral again. Participatory action research Reflection Action and its observati on Planning
  5. 5.  Workshops in Lahti (approx once a month – or 6 weeks)  Observation of activities (photos, video, journaling, diary) ◦ Understanding of immigrant use of technology  Interviews (individual and group) and surveys  Worskhops/ Seminars with authorities  Testing ◦ Different platforms  Taking forth actions and initiatives
  6. 6.  Women’s group (13-15 women) ◦ Some women have been in Finland for 20+ years, others only few weeks. ◦ Mainly Kurdish from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, but also Afgan, Bosnian and Russian/ Ingrian Finn. ◦ Aged between 20-60+ years. ◦ Some have married during their 14-19 years of age, some married their cousins or other extended family.  has been meeting for past nine years ◦ Sporadic attendance: with some members having taken part throughout, whereas others have left and new women have joined. ◦ in danger of exclusion, due to linguistic, cultural, social, and educational challenges/pitfalls ◦ Hazy understanding of groups/ individuals’ digital competence ◦ the emergence of generational and gendered gaps in immigrant e- participation....”My children...” “My husband...”...
  7. 7.  Entertainment (Youtube, games)  Communication (Facebook, Messenger)  Gaining new information (Google, Wiki)  What is the space?  What is the purpose? ◦ Locality? ◦ Transnationality?
  8. 8. Where is everybody ? Where everybody is!
  9. 9. How to get them there?
  10. 10.  Spheres of e-participation: ◦ Is the social and cultural more interesting than political?  Levels of engagement: ◦ Is the own ethnic/ transnational sphere more relevant than the local/ national?  Next phases: ◦ How to engage local level and political e- participation?
  11. 11. Ilona Tikka Matthias Wevelsiep University of Helsinki, Palmenia Center for Continuing Education  eParticipation and social vs political integration  Local vs global e-participation Thank you!