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16Jun 2016

IPSA Conference Poznań 2016 23.-28. RC10 Panels

All Equal before Data? New Skills and Literacies in Democracy
RC 10.01

Chair:             Prof. Claire Oger
Co-chair:         Dr. Sarah Labelle
Discussants:   Prof. Karen Mossberger
                      Dr. Sarah Labelle

Digital India and Net Neutrality: Excluding Choice to Include People?
Mr. Gaurav Saini
Digital Inequality, Place and Access to Government
Prof. Karen Mossberger
Governance of Transparency
Miss Andressa Falconiery, Dr. Marco Aurelio Ruediger
Online-Participation among Social Groups – Men’s and Women’s Lack for Motivation
Ms. Sabrina Schoettle
The ‘Crowd-factor’ in Collective Action Online: Protest Mobilization through Thai Facebook Pages
Dr. Aim Sinpeng, Mr. Max Grömping

Crowd sourcing and crowd monitoring
RC10.02

 

Chair:              Mr. Max Grömping
Co-chair: 
Discussants:    Jason Abbott

Beyond digital crowdsourcing: how the Estonian People’s Assembly solved a crisis of democracy
Ms. Nele Leosk
The e-petitioning, Extension or Substitute for Political Participation? Sociology of e-petitioners.
Dr. Legris revel Martine, Prof. Jean-Gabriel Contamin, Dr. Thomas LEONARD
Does Internate usage reduce corruption?
Mr. Alejandro Abarca
Does Social Media Matter on Improving Trust in Government?
Prof. Seung-Yong Rho
Does use of the Internet further democratic participation? A comparison of citizens' interactions with political representatives in the UK and Germany
Dr. Tobias Escher

 

Digitalizing the Vote
RC10.03

Chair:              Dr. Uwe Serdült
Discussants:    Prof. Nicole Goodman 

Comparing Online Voting Strategies
Prof. Robert Krimmer, Prof. Norbert Kersting
Interrelation between International Standards and ICT Projects in Public Administration: Three Case Studies in the Field of Electronic Voting
Dr. Nadja Braun Binder, Prof. Robert Krimmer
Legal Frameworks and Constitutional Cultures for Internet Voting Projects: A Comparative Perspective
Dr. Jordi Barrat, Dr. Josep M. Reniu Vilamala, Ms. Ardita Driza Maurer

Towards an update: Work in progress at the Council of Europe's new Committee of Experts on E-Voting (CAHVE)
Mr. Gregor Wenda

Electronic voting. Country experiences
RC10.05

Chair:              Prof. Nicole Goodman
Co-chair:         Prof. Norbert Kersting
Discussants:    Prof. Robert Krimmer

Comparing Decryption Ceremonies
Prof. Carsten Schuermann, Ms. Lorena Ronquillo, Prof. Randi Markussen, Mr. Olivier Bélanger
Analysing Political Motivations to Introduce Internet Voting: a Comparison between Estonia and the Netherlands
Ms. J. Charlotte Wagenaar
Internet Voting at the Service of Incumbents. The Case of Armenia
Mr. Hamazasp Danielyan
The Past and Future of E-voting in the Netherlands
Ms. Leontine Loeber

Internet Voting 2.0
RC10.06

Chair:              Prof. Robert Krimmer

 

A profile of Internet voters in Canada, Estonia and Norway
Dr. Jo Saglie, Prof. Nicole Goodman, Dr. Signe Bock Segaard, Dr. Kristjan Vassil, Mr. Mihkel Solvak
The lifecycle of Internet Voters: Data Mining for Sequences in Swiss Referendum Data
Mr. Pantelis Agathangelou, Dr. Ioannis Katakis, Dr. Fernando Mendez
Users and Use of Internet Voting in Switzerland
Dr. Uwe Serdült
Voting via Internet as an alternative method of participation in elections. Opinions of Poles
Prof. Magdalena Musial-Karg

Methodologies and Challenges in the Analysis of Online Data
RC10.07

 

Chair:              Mr. Sebastian Stier
Discussants:    Dr. Wolf J. Schünemann

BotWars: Why Social Scientists Have to Worry About Social Botnets
Dr. Simon Hegelich
Online Media Networks and Audience Flow: Fragmentation in the Production and Consumption of News on the Web
Ms. Silvia Majo-Vazquez, Dr. Ana S. Cardenal, Dr. Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon

Politological Imagination in Using Big Data and Machine Learning Methods: Experiences from the Simultaneous Examination of Party Programs and Government Political Programs
Prof. Pertti Ahonen
Digital Competence as a Goal and a Tool for European Strategy
Dr. Sarah Labelle, Prof. Claire Oger Conceptualizing and Measuring ‘Crowd’ Participation in Domestic Election Monitoring Initiatives
Mr. Max Grömping
Do Something! The Active-Passive Transformation Internet Causes in Political Reasoning
Dr. Charles Mitchell

Online Forms of Participation and their Impact on Political Activism
RC10.08

Chair:              Prof. Jean-Benoit Pilet
Discussants:    Prof. Jean-Gabriel Contamin

Is Twitter a Tool for Democratizing Political Participation?
Dr. Julien BOYADJIAN, Prof. Jean-Yves Dormagen
Online Power Users: Understanding how citizens use e-petitioning
Prof. Jean-Benoit Pilet, Dr. Jonathan Bright, Miss Sandra Bermudez
Online Public Consultations at the European Level : a One-Shot Participation or a Piece of the Puzzle ?
Dr. Ludivine Damay
Cynicism on social media – Analysis of citizens’ use of Facebook and Twitter in 2015 parliamentary elections in Croatia
Dr. Domagoj Bebić, Mr. Milica Vuckovic, Miss Marija Volarević
Des technologies politiques au pouvoir technologique: analyse du rôle du web 2.0 sur la discussion politique au cameroun.
Mr. Ulrich Tadajeu Kenfack

Social media revisited
RC10.13

Chair:              Domagoj Bebic
Co-chair:         Prof. Jean-Benoit Pilet 
Discussants:    Prof. Jean-Benoit Pilet

The equalisation hypothesis revisited - a comparative study of political Twitter debates
Dr. Wolf J. Schünemann, Mr. Sebastian Stier
The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI): online participatory practices to bypass traditional barriers to pan-European mobilization
Ms. Marie Dufrasne
Views on Technology as a Factor Differentiating Electoral Candidates in their Relation to Online Participation
Miss Mari Marttila
Just Slacktivism? Forms and Motives of Online Activism
Ms. Lisa Villioth
More than Just an Hashtag: The #IdleNoMore Movement, Social Media, and Identity-Based Political Action
Dr. Vincent Raynauld, Dr. Emmanuelle Richez
Government Control of Information Flows: Social Media and Political Participation in Semi-Closed States
Dr. Jason Gainous, Dr. Jason Abbott

The Future of Electronic Democracy
RC10.15

Chair:              Prof. Norbert Kersting
Co-chair:         Prof. Karen Mossberger
Discussants:    Prof. Karen Mossberger

Internet Metamorphosis and Blended democracy
Prof. Norbert Kersting
The democratic interface
Prof. Lance Bennett

03Feb 2016

IPSA Conference Istanbul 2016 23-28 - RC10 panels

Please find the final list of papers of the RC10 panels in Istanbule : https://istanbul2016.ipsa.org/events/istanbul2016/session/rc10-electronic-democracy

23Sep 2015

CfP IPSA Conference Istanbul 2016 23-28

Open panels in RC10 Electronic Democracy

 

This list is not finalized and is subject to change. Please check back often to view updates.

 

Chair: Prof. Claire Oger

Chair: Dr. Uwe Serdült

Chair: Prof. Jean-Gabriel Contamin

Chair: Prof. Karen Mossberger

 

Planned Closed panels:

Futures of Eletronic democracy

VAA

Internet  voting

Crowd monitring

 

 

21Sep 2015

Call fo papers RC10 panels - IPSA World Congress, Istanbul, 23-28 July 2016

Deadline for papers Oct 7th !!

 

Open panels

All Equal before Data? New Skills and Literacies in DemocracyChair: Prof. Claire Oger

Digitalizing the Vote – Internet voting 1-2 Chairs: Nicole Goodmann/Norbert Kersting/ Uwe Serdült/Rodney Smith/Robert Krimmer

Online Forms of Participation and their Impact on Political Activism Chair: Prof. Jean-Gabriel Contamin

Open Data: Cross-National Trends and Impacts Chair: Prof. Karen Mossberger

 

 

Closed panels

Future of Electronic Democracy (Chair Norbert Kersting)

Crowd monitoting elections (Max Groemping)

Voting Advice Applications (NN)

Big Data (with RC 31)  (chair Julia Pohle)

08Dec 2014

Call for papers RC34, RC22, RC10 "Communication, Democracy and Digital Technology", Rovinj, Croatia, 2-3 October 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS
IPSA-RC 34, IPSA-RC 22, IPSA-RC 10
"Communication, Democracy and Digital Technology"
Hotel “Lone”, Rovinj, Croatia, 2 - 3 October 2015

The conference is organised by a committee formed from IPSA RC10 (Electronic Democracy), RC22 (Political Communication) and RC34 (Quality of Democracy). The conference is going to take place in cooperation with the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb.

The conference theme focuses on the intersection between the work of three strands of political science, all of which ask questions of vital importance for the well-being of democracy globally. These questions revolve around measures, standards and analyses of the quality of democracy, the role of political communication in enhancing democracy and the extent that information and communication technology offers potential for a richer, interactive and co-created politics. Without imposing any normative ontologies onto the discussion we enquire how communicative acts, particularly but not exclusively those which take place using digital technologies, contribute positively or negatively to the quality of the democratic experience for citizens and to sustaining active democracies.

We therefore invite papers which contribute theoretically and empirically to this and relevant debates. Papers should have the concept of democracy (political participation, engagement and deliberation) at their heart and make explicit links to the contribution from theory and practice of digital political communication either by governments, political parties or candidates, media organisations, citizens, non-governmental actors or social movements. Papers focusing on cross-national comparative analyses are particularly welcome.

Selection will be based on the submission of abstracts which should contain the following information:
• Title
• Author and Affiliation
• Core theoretical premise of the paper
• Methodology and relevant information on data collection and analysis
• Key findings or questions that analysis will address if ongoing research
Abstracts should not be longer than 500 words.
Abstracts should be emailed to ipsa2015@fpzg.hr and must be received by 20 January 2015. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 1 March 2015.

The conference will take place in Rovinj, one of the most picturesque towns in the Mediterranean (http://www.tzgrovinj.hr). For more information on paper submission, registration, location, travel and accommodation check http://www.fpzg.unizg.hr/en/ipsa_conference_croatia_2015.
If you have any questions about the conference please contact organising committee at ipsa2015@fpzg.hr or Dr Marijana Grbesa on behalf of the local partner, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb at grbesa@fpzg.hr.

Event fees
Conference fees include participation, conference packs, coffee breaks and welcome event.
Standard fee €120.00
Student fee €80.00
Please note that all participants wishing to attend need to pay a conference fee.

Key dates and deadlines
20 January 2015 Submission deadline
1 March 2015 Notification of acceptance
1 June 2015 Booking and registration deadline
1 September 2015 Full paper submission

Contact
Organising committee: ipsa2015@fpzg.hr
Local organiser: grbesa@fpzg.hr

13Apr 2014

IPSA Montreal 2014 RC 10 Electronic democracy - Program

Online Citizenship and the Reconfiguration of Democratic Practices. A comparative perspective
Palais des congrès - 521a
Sunday, July 20th - 11:00-12:45
Chair: Dr. Thierry Giasson
Discussants: Dr. Mary Francoli /Prof. Dietlind Stolle /Dr. Mary Francoli (Carleton University)
This panel presents comparative studies dedicated to online democratic citizenship. Presentations will address three core questions: How do citizens use online resources and technologies, either through institutional devices or more informal networks and actions to express their citizenship? How are their online practices articulated to other, offline, forms of political expressions and activism? And, finally, does digital citizenship transform the way democracy works? Organizers welcome comparative work investigating these questions, however theoretically and methodologically innovative single case studies could also be presented.

• Bottom-up innovation(s) for urban resilience? (Digital) practices and means to transform the City of Detroit Mr. Huguet François

• Digital Citizenship : Broadband, Mobile use and activities online over time Prof. Karen Mossberger

• The Digital Divide meets the Democratic Divide: The Internet and Democratic Citizenship in Canada Dr. Harold Jansen, Dr. Thierry Giasson, Dr. Royce Koop, Dr. Tamara Small, Prof. Frédérick Bastien

• What do citizens expect from web campaigns? The cases of the 2012 France and Quebec elections Prof. Mireille Lalancette, Dr. Simon Gadras, Prof. Frédérick Bastien, Dr. Gersende Blanchard

• What Do Digital Naturals Demand from Democracy? Dr. Marja Åkerström, Mr. Philip Young

• “People. Power. Change.”: 38 Degrees and Democratic Engagement in the Hybrid Media System Prof. Andrew Chadwick, Mr. James Dennis

Digital Campaigning and Political Organizations
Palais des congrès - 522a
Monday, July 21st - 11:00-12:45
Chair: Dr. Fabienne Greffet
Discussant: Prof. Andrew Chadwick
This panel invites papers not only on digital campaigning as such, but also on analysis of the consequences digital campaigning development might have on political organizations in a broad sense (political parties, trade-unions, NGOs…). Some scholars argue that organizations may become more and more professionalized and centralized, monitoring citizens through the development of information and targeting techniques (Howard). Others consider that a “citizen-initiated” campaign model may be emerging; this could transform organizations in a more expressive and participative way (Gibson). Forms of “organizational hybridity” may intertwine social movements and parties through their media activities (Chadwick). Are these approaches applicable to different countries and cases, whatever the political context and the institutional rules? And beyond, do digital campaigning and its consequences contribute to a redefinition of electronic democracy? If so, in what sense? These topics would be discussed in this panel at the IPSA conference in Montreal, in a comparative perspective.

• Coding Good Technologies for Winning Campaigns: The Political Campaign Software Industry Prof. Fenwick McKelvey

• Digital Campaigning in a Comparative Perspective: Campaign Devices in the 2012 Elections in France and Québec Dr. Thierry Giasson, Dr. Fabienne Greffet

• Online campaigning in Germany: A Development Toward Integrated Campaigns Mr. Andreas Jungherr

• Party politics or social politics? The relationship between political participation on social media and through parties in comparative perspective Dr. Cristian Vaccari, Dr. Augusto Valeriani

• Taking a Long View of Digital Campaigning: Presidential Campaigning in the U.S. from 1996-2012 Prof. Jennifer Stromer-Galley

• Voter Targeting on the Web: A Comparative Longitudinal Analysis of Voter Targeting Online on Parties’ Websites during the 2008/2009 and 2013 Austrian and German Election Campaigns Dr. Uta Russmann

E-voting:Internet voting, voting machines
Palais des congrès - 512d
Tuesday, July 22nd - 9:00-10:45
Chair: Dr. Thad Hall
Co-Chair: Prof. Alexander Trechsel

Electronic voting and internet voting seems to be reinvigorated. This panel is open for discussion on strategies of national and supranational institutions such as Council of Europe regarding Electronic and internet voting. New experiments in Mexico, Argentina, new trends in India etc should be presented. Latest developments and trends in Norway, Denmark, Switzerland in the local election and new experiences in Estonia, Switzerland, USA, Russia will be evaluated.

• Internet voting in Norway 2013 The principle of the secret ballot in practice Dr. Jo Saglie, Dr. Signe Bock Segaard

• The introduction of e-voting in France: the failure of a political strategy Prof. Nathalie Dompnier

• Voting machines and political elections in France: a study on the precision of voting results Dr. Chantal Enguehard

· Bringing the non-voters in: voting experiments of Internet voting in Canada Prof. Nicole Goodman

Virtual inequalities
Palais des congrès - 525b
Wednesday, July 23rd - 9:00-10:45
Chair: Prof. Karen Mossberger
Discussants: Prof. Karen Mossberger

This panel examines inequalities in Internet access and use across nations,exploring the implications for political participation, public policies, and research. Participants analyze patterns and implications for countries as diverse as Mexico, Israel, Candada and Britain, and for worldwide comparative data. Disparities that are discussed include Internet use for new social media and for health information as well as political participation. As more information and participatory opportunities develop online, digital inequalities are still a concern for many populations.
Digital divide is still an important topic not only a problem on the global South. Large groups are excluded from broadband technology and online services. Digital inclusion is overlapped by economic, social and political exclusion. Papers focus on strategies overcoming that gap. These are not only technological infrastructural strategies but also educational policies.

• A Cross-national View of Minority Internet Use Mr. Chris Anderson

• Citizenship and access to e-health: ethnic inequalities in access to health electronic services in Israel Prof. Gustavo Mesch

• Digital Inequality: Expressions of Citizenship in Access to, Participation in, and Engagement with Digital Media Dr. Anabel Quan-Haase, Mr. Michael Haight

• The introduction of technological tools as a way to promote citizen participation in Latin American realities: Is this feasible? Dr. Arturo Flores

• Who Tweets? The demographics, attitudes and engagement of Twitter users Dr. Grant Blank

Towards transparent societies? International Perspectives on Open Government, Open data & Transparency Research
Palais des congrès - 525b
Wednesday, July 23rd - 13:00-14:45

Chair: Dr. Sarah Labelle
Co-Chair: Mr. François ALLARD-HUVER

Discussants: Prof. Yves Jeanneret /Dr. Claire Oger

Inspired by previous research on open government, transparency, public participation and governance practices in both Political Science and Information & Communication Sciences, this panel will discuss the current state of transparency research. From a historical and theoretical point of view to practical research focusing on policy implementations, proposals will explore how transparency redistributes powers and redefines relationships between stakeholders by examining its status as an ideological notion and as a model for action in the public sphere.The panel will analyze how transparency refers to skills and expertise of public actors, in new frames of policies, especially those including the changing media environment (information society, open government, etc.). We aim to bring together different research traditions and geographic perspectives questioning the notion of transparency and related concepts like openness, accountability or empowerment. Topics of interest can pertain to varying scales and scopes of perspectives including organizations such as States, NGOs, IOs, etc., or themes such as governance, business, trust, etc.

Panel issues are concerned with the social operativity of the notion of transparency and the way it refers to concrete processes and political authority. Moreover, we form the hypothesis that transparency as a model leads to undervalue the role of communication and to occult tools, signs and socio-technical apparatuses.

• Des organisations associatives face à "l'impératif de transparence" : une approche communicationnelle et discursive Dr. Amaia Errecart

• Entre injonction à la « transparence » et réappropriations sociales. Le cas de la loi relative aux droits des malades et à la fin de vie en France Miss Maud Fontaine

• Institutional Transparency and Prime Ministerial Power in Westminster Systems: Dead-end or Democratic Paradox? Prof. Gingras Anne-Marie

• L'Unesco et la transparence : d'un principe de gouvernance à la médiatisation de données sur son site Internet Miss Camille Rondot

• La transparence dans la réutilisation des données ouvertes : quelle place pour le citoyen ? Mr. Samuel Goeta

• Le marché de l’opendata : les jeux sémiotiques et esthétiques de la « visualisation » comme rhétorique de la transparence Prof. Julia Bonaccorsi

Data security, Open data, Social networks
Palais des congrès - 525a
Thursday, July 24th - 9:00-10:45
Chair: Masahiro Iwasaki
Co-Chair: Dr. Domagoj Bebić

In this panel a broad range of different relevant topics regarding social media are discussed. Besides the quality of online deliberation and its function in campaigning, Surveillance, data privacy and regulations are becoming an important issue. This panel issue is concerned with the concrete benefits and the downsides of the various open data initiatives worldwide. Which public policies and strategies of implementation are known? Are global initiatives adopting such strategies or are there new instruments? Topics of interest include but are not limited to Technological and organizational challenges. In fact most are legal issues (see e.g. ACTA, NSA engagement).

• Democratic process and Social networks: A study of USA Presidential Election 2012 Mr. Susanta Kumar Parida

• Challenges of Electronic Government in Brazil Prof. Jarbas Thaunahy

• Forum or pulpit? Governmental bodies and the deliberativeness of social media Prof. Juliana Raupp, Mr. Jan Niklas Kocks

• Governing cyberspace: a critical assessment of European digital policies Dr. Mauro Santaniello, Prof. Francesco Amoretti

• Modeling political organizations’ use of online media. Considerations on findings and research designs Ms. Paula Nitschke, Prof. Patrick Donges

• Public Administration in Brazil and the use of Facebbok : they need more participation and transparency? Mr. Sandson Azevedo, Prof. Ana Farranha

E-participation, blended democracy and democratic innovation
Palais des congrès - 525a
Thursday, July 24th - 11:00-12:45
Chair: Shiru Wang
Co-Chair: Norbert Kersting

'Open Government' programme was initiated under Obama’s presidency in the US. Besiedes open datra initiatives it reinvigorated new instruments for political participation. This allows individuals and groups to develop, monitor and evaluate particular policies, services, and the performance of government in general. New information and communication technologies bring in innovative participatory instruments in the field of representative, demonstrative, deliberative and direct political particpation. These democratic innovations combine offline and online partcipation (blended democracy) and they change the roles of government, public authorities, business, civil society and citizens.

• A Policy Diffusion Model of E-Government Implementation Across Nations Prof. Jeff Gulati, Dr. Christine Williams

• e-democracy, participation and innovation in Kenya Ms. Emmy Chirchir

• Internet and Policy: making of an Index of Political E-participation and Influence in the Public Policy (IPEIPP) Dr. Claudio Penteado, Mr. Marcelo dos Santos, Dr. Rafael Araújo

• Liquid Democracy and the Role of Developers Mrs. Anja Adler, Prof. Christoph Bieber

• Open like Obama? Possibilities and limitations of governmental online-communication in Germany Mr. Jan Niklas Kocks, Prof. Juliana Raupp

• Toward a resamantization of Community Based Monitoring. A broader perspective of a tool in permanent evolution through its worldwide practices. Dr. Giovanni Allegretti

Social networks and e deliberation
Palais des congrès - 525a
Thursday, July 24th - 13:00-14:45
Chair: Dr. Domagoj Bebić
Co-Chair: Dr. Stéphanie Wojcik
Discussant: Dr. Domagoj Bebić

Social media changed individual political participation dramatically. Social media seem to be crucial for these new social movements? What is the relationship between socio political pluralism and Internet? What is the reaction of political parties and civil society in democratic regimes. Papers focus on the evaluation of the quality of social networks. This raises the question about the quality of these networks and the quality of deliberation in the internet. The panel will try to categorize, analyze and evaluate the different tools

• Citizen Activism in the Age of Social Media in Nigeria Dr. Presley Ifukor

• Consumer Netizens – How Political Consumers make use of (social) media in everyday life. Ms. Katharina Witterhold

• Knowledge, Internet and the Change of Protest Campaigning in Germany Dr. Mundo Yang

• Role of Facebook in humanitarian campaigns in Croatia Dr. Domagoj Bebić

Catalyst or cacophony? The impact of the Internet on political opinion and participation in the global South
Palais des congrès - 525a
Thursday, July 24th - 15:00-16:45
Dr. Jason Abbott
Co-Chair: Prof. Norbert Kersting
Discussants: Mr. Laurence Whitehead

This panel will provide a comparative analysis of the impact and implications of Internet use on political opinion and participation in young eemocracyies as well as in authoritarian and quasi-authoritarian regimes. It is widely accepted that the Internet provides access to alternative sources of unmediated information, is a tool by which opposition and reformist voices can circumvent conventional forms of censorship and media regulation, and a means by which dissident groups can organize and mobilize. Such conventional wisdom however is drawn from a relatively small number of countries where authoritarian regimes have succumbed to reformist and revolutionary oppositions. To test whether the hypothesis is valid requires a much larger multi-country and multi-regional analysis. It is to this end that this panel will contribute. It is envisaged that the panel will present case studies and data from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia. To this end papers are invited from researchers investigating the impact and role of the Internet in these regions.

• Does ICT Diffusion Increase Government Responsiveness in Autocracies? An Empirical Assessment of the Political Implications of China’s Internet Mr. Paul Minard

• Multitude and Webativism in the city of São Paulo Dr. Rosemary Segurado

• The “China Dream” in the PRC's Propaganda Regime in the Digital Era: Case Study of the Constitutional Debate during 2012-2013 Dr. Chin-fu Hung, Mr. Xinshan Si

• Social media and Democracy: Nigeria’s perspective. Mr. Abubakar Musa Shinkafi

• The crowdsourced monitoring of elections: Assessing cross-national evidence Mr. Max Grömping

• Web.2.0 et démocraties naissantes : le cas Tunisien Dr. lassaad ghachem

13Apr 2014

IPSA Montreal 2014 RC 10 Electronic democracy - Program

Online Citizenship and the Reconfiguration of Democratic Practices. A comparative perspective
Palais des congrès - 521a
Sunday, July 20th - 11:00-12:45
Chair: Dr. Thierry Giasson
Discussants: Dr. Mary Francoli /Prof. Dietlind Stolle /Dr. Mary Francoli (Carleton University)
This panel presents comparative studies dedicated to online democratic citizenship. Presentations will address three core questions: How do citizens use online resources and technologies, either through institutional devices or more informal networks and actions to express their citizenship? How are their online practices articulated to other, offline, forms of political expressions and activism? And, finally, does digital citizenship transform the way democracy works? Organizers welcome comparative work investigating these questions, however theoretically and methodologically innovative single case studies could also be presented.

• Bottom-up innovation(s) for urban resilience? (Digital) practices and means to transform the City of Detroit Mr. Huguet François

• DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP: BROADBAND, MOBILE USE AND ACTIVITIES ONLINE OVER TIME Prof. Karen Mossberger

• The Digital Divide meets the Democratic Divide: The Internet and Democratic Citizenship in Canada Dr. Harold Jansen, Dr. Thierry Giasson, Dr. Royce Koop, Dr. Tamara Small, Prof. Frédérick Bastien

• What do citizens expect from web campaigns? The cases of the 2012 France and Quebec elections Prof. Mireille Lalancette, Dr. Simon Gadras, Prof. Frédérick Bastien, Dr. GERSENDE BLANCHARD

• What Do Digital Naturals Demand from Democracy? Dr. Marja Åkerström, Mr. Philip Young

• “People. Power. Change.”: 38 Degrees and Democratic Engagement in the Hybrid Media System Prof. Andrew Chadwick, Mr. James Dennis

Digital Campaigning and Political Organizations Palais des congrès - 522a Monday, July 21st - 11:00-12:45 Chair: Dr. Fabienne Greffet Discussants: Prof. Andrew Chadwick This panel invites papers not only on digital campaigning as such, but also on analysis of the consequences digital campaigning development might have on political organizations in a broad sense (political parties, trade-unions, NGOs…). Some scholars argue that organizations may become more and more professionalized and centralized, monitoring citizens through the development of information and targeting techniques (Howard). Others consider that a “citizen-initiated” campaign model may be emerging; this could transform organizations in a more expressive and participative way (Gibson). Forms of “organizational hybridity” may intertwine social movements and parties through their media activities (Chadwick). Are these approaches applicable to different countries and cases, whatever the political context and the institutional rules? And beyond, do digital campaigning and its consequences contribute to a redefinition of electronic democracy? If so, in what sense? These topics would be discussed in this panel at the IPSA conference in Montreal, in a comparative perspective. • Coding Good Technologies for Winning Campaigns: The Political Campaign Software Industry Prof. Fenwick McKelvey

• Digital Campaigning in a Comparative Perspective: Campaign Devices in the 2012 Elections in France and Québec Dr. Thierry Giasson, Dr. Fabienne Greffet

• Online campaigning in Germany: A Development Toward Integrated Campaigns Mr. Andreas Jungherr

• Party politics or social politics? The relationship between political participation on social media and through parties in comparative perspective Dr. Cristian Vaccari, Dr. Augusto Valeriani

• Taking a Long View of Digital Campaigning: Presidential Campaigning in the U.S. from 1996-2012 Prof. Jennifer Stromer-Galley

• Voter Targeting on the Web: A Comparative Longitudinal Analysis of Voter Targeting Online on Parties’ Websites during the 2008/2009 and 2013 Austrian and German Election Campaigns Dr. Uta Russmann

E-voting:Internet voting, voting machines

Palais des congrès - 512d Tuesday, July 22nd - 9:00-10:45 Chair: Dr. Thad Hall



Co-Chair: Prof. Alexander Trechsel



Discussants:



Electronic voting and internet voting seems to be reinvigorated. This panel is open for discussion on strategies of national and supranational institutions such as Council of Europe regarding Electronic and internet voting. New experiments in Mexico, Argentina, new trends in India etc should be presented. Latest developments and trends in Norway, Denmark, Switzerland in the local election and new experiences in Estonia, Switzerland, USA, Russia will be evaluated. • Internet voting in Norway 2013 The principle of the secret ballot in practice Dr. Jo Saglie, Dr. Signe Bock Segaard • The introduction of e-voting in France: the failure of a political strategy Prof. Nathalie Dompnier • Voting machines and political elections in France: a study on the precision of voting results Dr. Chantal Enguehard · Bringing the non-voters in: voting experiments of Internet voting in Canada Prof. Nicole Goodman





Virtual inequalities Palais des congrès - 525b Wednesday, July 23rd - 9:00-10:45



Chair: Prof. Karen Mossberger



Co-Chair:



Discussants: Prof. Karen Mossberger



This panel examines inequalities in Internet access and use across nations,exploring the implications for political participation, public policies, and research. Participants analyze patterns and implications for countries as diverse as Mexico, Israel, Candada and Britain, and for worldwide comparative data. Disparities that are discussed include Internet use for new social media and for health information as well as political participation. As more information and participatory opportunities develop online, digital inequalities are still a concern for many populations. Digital divide is still an important topic not only a problem on the global South. Large groups are excluded from broadband technology and online services. Digital inclusion is overlapped by economic, social and political exclusion. Papers focus on strategies overcoming that gap. These are not only technological infrastructural strategies but also educational policies. • A Cross-national View of Minority Internet Use Mr. Chris Anderson • Citizenship and access to e-health: ethnic inequalities in access to health electronic services in Israel Prof. Gustavo Mesch • Digital Inequality: Expressions of Citizenship in Access to, Participation in, and Engagement with Digital Media Dr. Anabel Quan-Haase, Mr. Michael Haight • The introduction of technological tools as a way to promote citizen participation in Latin American realities: Is this feasible? Dr. Arturo Flores • Who Tweets? The demographics, attitudes and engagement of Twitter users Dr. Grant Blank

Towards transparent societies? International Perspectives on Open Government, Open data & Transparency Research Palais des congrès - 525b Wednesday, July 23rd - 13:00-14:45



Chair: Dr. Sarah Labelle Co-Chair: Mr. François ALLARD-HUVER Discussants: Prof. Yves Jeanneret /Dr. Claire Oger Inspired by previous research on open government, transparency, public participation and governance practices in both Political Science and Information & Communication Sciences, this panel will discuss the current state of transparency research. From a historical and theoretical point of view to practical research focusing on policy implementations, proposals will explore how transparency redistributes powers and redefines relationships between stakeholders by examining its status as an ideological notion and as a model for action in the public sphere.The panel will analyze how transparency refers to skills and expertise of public actors, in new frames of policies, especially those including the changing media environment (information society, open government, etc.). We aim to bring together different research traditions and geographic perspectives questioning the notion of transparency and related concepts like openness, accountability or empowerment. Topics of interest can pertain to varying scales and scopes of perspectives including organizations such as States, NGOs, IOs, etc., or themes such as governance, business, trust, etc. Panel issues are concerned with the social operativity of the notion of transparency and the way it refers to concrete processes and political authority. Moreover, we form the hypothesis that transparency as a model leads to undervalue the role of communication and to occult tools, signs and socio-technical apparatuses. • Des organisations associatives face à "l'impératif de transparence" : une approche communicationnelle et discursive Dr. Amaia ERRECART • Entre injonction à la « transparence » et réappropriations sociales. Le cas de la loi relative aux droits des malades et à la fin de vie en France Miss Maud Fontaine • Institutional Transparency and Prime Ministerial Power in Westminster Systems: Dead-end or Democratic Paradox? Prof. Gingras Anne-Marie • L'Unesco et la transparence : d'un principe de gouvernance à la médiatisation de données sur son site Internet Miss Camille Rondot • La transparence dans la réutilisation des données ouvertes : quelle place pour le citoyen ? Mr. Samuel Goeta • Le marché de l’opendata : les jeux sémiotiques et esthétiques de la « visualisation » comme rhétorique de la transparence Prof. Julia Bonaccorsi

Data security, Open data, Social networks Palais des congrès - 525a Thursday, July 24th - 9:00-10:45 Chair: Masahiro Iwasaki



Co-Chair: Dr. Domagoj Bebić



Discussants:



In this panel a broad range of different relevant topics regarding social media are discussed. Besides the quality of online deliberation and its function in campaigning, Surveillance, data privacy and regulations are becoming an important issue. This panel issue is concerned with the concrete benefits and the downsides of the various open data initiatives worldwide. Which public policies and strategies of implementation are known? Are global initiatives adopting such strategies or are there new instruments? Topics of interest include but are not limited to Technological and organizational challenges. In fact most are legal issues (see e.g. ACTA, NSA engagement). • Democratic process and Social networks: A study of USA Presidential Election 2012 Mr. SUSANTA KUMAR PARIDA • Challenges of Electronic Government in Brazil Prof. Jarbas Thaunahy • Forum or pulpit? Governmental bodies and the deliberativeness of social media Prof. Juliana Raupp, Mr. Jan Niklas Kocks, • Governing cyberspace: a critical assessment of European digital policies Dr. Mauro Santaniello, Prof. Francesco Amoretti • Modeling political organizations’ use of online media. Considerations on findings and research designs Ms. Paula Nitschke, Prof. Patrick Donges • Public Administration in Brazil and the use of Facebbok : they need more participation and transparency? Mr. SANDSON AZEVEDO, Prof. Ana Farranha E-participation, blended democracy and democratic innovation Palais des congrès - 525a Thursday, July 24th - 11:00-12:45



Chair: Shiru Wang



Co-Chair: Norbert Kersting



Discussants:



'Open Government' programme was initiated under Obama’s presidency in the US. Besiedes open datra initiatives it reinvigorated new instruments for political participation. This allows individuals and groups to develop, monitor and evaluate particular policies, services, and the performance of government in general. New information and communication technologies bring in innovative participatory instruments in the field of representative, demonstrative, deliberative and direct political particpation. These democratic innovations combine offline and online partcipation (blended democracy) and they change the roles of government, public authorities, business, civil society and citizens. • A Policy Diffusion Model of E-Government Implementation Across Nations Prof. Jeff Gulati, Dr. Christine Williams • e-democracy, participation and innovation in Kenya Ms. Emmy Chirchir • Internet and Policy: making of an Index of Political E-participation and Influence in the Public Policy (IPEIPP) Dr. Claudio Penteado, Mr. Marcelo dos Santos, Dr. Rafael Araújo • Liquid Democracy and the Role of Developers Mrs. Anja Adler, Prof. Christoph Bieber • Open like Obama? Possibilities and limitations of governmental online-communication in Germany Mr. Jan Niklas Kocks, Prof. Juliana Raupp • Toward a resamantization of Community Based Monitoring. A broader perspective of a tool in permanent evolution through its worldwide practices. Dr. Giovanni Allegretti Social networks and e deliberation Palais des congrès - 525a Thursday, July 24th - 13:00-14:45



Chair: Dr. Domagoj Bebić Co-Chair:

Dr. Stéphanie Wojcik

Discussants: Dr. Domagoj Bebić Social media changed individual political participation dramatically. Social media seem to be crucial for these new social movements? What is the relationship between socio political pluralism and Internet? What is the reaction of political parties and civil society in democratic regimes. Papers focus on the evaluation of the quality of social networks. This raises the question about the quality of these networks and the quality of deliberation in the internet. The panel will try to categorize, analyze and evaluate the different tools • Citizen Activism in the Age of Social Media in Nigeria Dr. Presley Ifukor • Consumer Netizens – How Political Consumers make use of (social) media in everyday life. Ms. Katharina Witterhold • Knowledge, Internet and the Change of Protest Campaigning in Germany Dr. Mundo Yang • Role of Facebook in humanitarian campaigns in Croatia Dr. Domagoj Bebić

Catalyst or cacophony? The impact of the Internet on political opinion and participation in the global South Palais des congrès - 525a Thursday, July 24th - 15:00-16:45 Dr. Jason Abbott Co-Chair: Prof. Norbert Kersting Discussants: Mr. Laurence Whitehead This panel will provide a comparative analysis of the impact and implications of Internet use on political opinion and participation in young eemocracyies as well as in authoritarian and quasi-authoritarian regimes. It is widely accepted that the Internet provides access to alternative sources of unmediated information, is a tool by which opposition and reformist voices can circumvent conventional forms of censorship and media regulation, and a means by which dissident groups can organize and mobilize. Such conventional wisdom however is drawn from a relatively small number of countries where authoritarian regimes have succumbed to reformist and revolutionary oppositions. To test whether the hypothesis is valid requires a much larger multi-country and multi-regional analysis. It is to this end that this panel will contribute. It is envisaged that the panel will present case studies and data from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia. To this end papers are invited from researchers investigating the impact and role of the Internet in these regions. • Does ICT Diffusion Increase Government Responsiveness in Autocracies? An Empirical Assessment of the Political Implications of China’s Internet Mr. PAUL MINARD • Multitude and Webativism in the city of São Paulo Dr. Rosemary Segurado • The “China Dream” in the PRC's Propaganda Regime in the Digital Era: Case Study of the Constitutional Debate during 2012-2013 Dr. Chin-fu Hung, Mr. Xinshan Si • Social media and Democracy: Nigeria’s perspective. Mr. Abubakar Musa Shinkafi • The crowdsourced monitoring of elections: Assessing cross-national evidence Mr. Max Grömping • Web.2.0 et démocraties naissantes : le cas Tunisien Dr. lassaad ghachem

04Feb 2014

Workshop : Innovations in Democracy: e-voting, e-campaigning, e-participation

Dubrovnik, Croatia, 26 – 27 May 2014

Supported by the IPSA RC10

Organized by the Faculty of Political Science and InMed Institute in partnership with DEL research network

Call for papers

IPSA’s Research Committee 10 on Electronic democracy and Faculty of Political Science in partnership with DEL research network are organizing IPSA Workshop on “Innovations in Democracy: e-voting, e-campaigning, e-participation” on first two days (26-27 May 2014) of the Conference „Regulation and Freedom of New Media“. Following topics are announced.

Topics

E-voting
E-consultations
E-representatives
E-petitions
E-initiatives
E-referendum
Online deliberative polls
Online communities
E-campaigns
E-citizens

Interested participants should first submit an abstract (a 300-word outline) of their paper by 31 March, 2014, indicating clearly its subject and scope, and including a provisional title. The abstracts received will be peer-reviewed and authors will be notified of the outcome by 10 April, 2014

Authors of accepted abstracts will be required to send the full paper by 15, May 2014. Full papers should not exceed 8,000 words in length, including notes and references.

NOTE : The Proceedings will be published by the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb.

The conference language is English.

We invite individuals from academic and practical backgrounds as well as public administration offices, public bodies, NGOs, education institutions and independent organizations, to submit their contributions.

Costs
EUR 40 – for authors
EUR 65 – for participants

The fee includes conference entry, proceedings and social program during the conference.
Pre-conference social program is to be announced.

Important dates

- Abstract submission : please submit a 300-word abstract by 31 March
- Notification of acceptance of abstracts : 10 April, 2014
- Full paper submission : please submit the full paper by 15 May, 2014
Workshop : 26 – 27 May 2014
Conference : 28 May – 30 May 2014

Submissions
Please send all submissions by electronic mail in pdf format to milica@edemokracija.hr.
All submissions are subject to a double-blind full paper review by at least 2 reviewers. To facilitate the review process, please write a separate cover sheet with the paper title and affiliation/s and omit the affiliations in the actual paper.

Participants who are not contributors (i.e. who do not propose a paper) can apply through our web site www.edemokracija.hr. Please note that the number of non contributing participants is limited so we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

For further information please visit : www.edemokracija.hr

Workshop Chairs
Prof. dr. Nenad Prelog (president) nenad@edemokracija.hr
Doc.dr. Domagoj Bebić (secretary general) domagoj@edemokracija.hr

Contact Details
Milica Vuckovic (coordinator)
milica@edemokracija.hr
Šibenska 1, 10 000 Zagreb, Hrvatska
t : 01 307 9113 f : 01 307 9113

03Sep 2013

Call fo papers RC10 panels - IPSA World Congress, Montreal, 19-24 July 2014

Research Committee 10 "Electronic Democracy"

Convenors
Prof. Norbert Kersting (kerstinn@uni-muenster.de)
Dr. Stephanie Wojcik (stephanie.wojcik@u-pec.fr)

To submit an abstract to the RC10 panels (see below the list of RC10 panels):

Anyone can submit an abstract. You do not need to be a member of IPSA until you register for the congress. However, you must be signed up for a free IPSA website account to be able to submit an abstract.

Only the main author should submit the abstract/paper proposal. Co-authors can be added afterwards.

To permit maximize participation in the world congress, it is necessary to limit the number of appearances of any single individual as follows:
No individual may make more than one appearance in the programme in each of the following categories: Chair or co-chair of a session ; Papergiver; Discussant

Proposals must be submitted in English or French.

Abstracts must not exceed 1500 characters (approximately 250 words). Please do not include references, bibliographical notes, or your contact information in the abstract text.

Deadline to submit abstract/paper proposals: October 7, 2013

Submit on the IPSA website : http://www.ipsa.org/my-ipsa/events/submit/paper

And send your abstract by e-mail to the chair of the panel that you have chosen.

List of RC10 panels

Virtual inequalities

Chair: Prof. Karen Mossberger (karen.mossberger@asu.edu)

Digital divide is still an important topic not only a problem on the global South. Large groups are excluded from broadband technology and online services. Digital inclusion is overlapped by economic, social and political exclusion. Papers focus on strategies overcoming that gap. These are not only technological infrastructural strategies but also educational policies.

Digital Campaigning and Political Organizations

Chair: Dr. Fabienne Greffet (Fabienne.Greffet@univ-lorraine.fr)

Discussant: Andrew Chadwick, Royal Holloway London (United Kingdom)

This panel invites papers not only on digital campaigning as such, but also on analysis of the consequences digital campaigning development might have on political organizations in a broad sense (political parties, trade-unions, NGOs…). Some scholars argue that organizations may become more and more professionalized and centralized, monitoring citizens through the development of information and targeting techniques (Howard). Others consider that a “citizen-initiated” campaign model may be emerging; this could transform organizations in a more expressive and participative way (Gibson). Forms of “organizational hybridity” may intertwine social movements and parties through their media activities (Chadwick). Are these approaches applicable to different countries and cases, whatever the political context and the institutional rules? And beyond, do digital campaigning and its consequences contribute to a redefinition of electronic democracy? If so, in what sense? These topics would be discussed in this panel at the IPSA conference in Montreal, in a comparative perspective.

Online Citizenship and the Reconfiguration of Democratic Practices. A comparative perspective

Chair: Prof. Thierry Giasson (thierry.giasson@com.ulaval.ca)

Discussant: Dietlind Stolle, Centre for the Study of Democractic Citizenship, McGill University

This panel presents comparative studies dedicated to online democratic citizenship. Presentations will address the these three core questions: How do citizens use online resources and technologies, either through institutional devices or more informal networks and actions to express their citizenship? How are their online practices articulated to other, offline, forms of political expressions and activism? And, finally, does digital citizenship transform the way democracy works? Organizers welcome comparative work investigating these questions, however theoretically and methodologically innovative single case studies could also be presented.

E-participation and democratic innovation

Chair: Prof. Norbert Kersting (kerstinn@uni-muenster.de)

Co-Chair: prof Harald Baldersheim (harald.baldersheim@stv.uio.no)

Discussant: Harald Baldersheim

'Open Government' programme was initiated under Obama’s presidency in the US. Besides open datra initiatives it reinvigorated new instruments for political participation. This allows individuals and groups to develop, monitor and evaluate particular policies, services, and the performance of government in general. New informations and commnication technologies bring in innovative partcipory instruments in the field of representative, demonstrative, deliberative and direct political particpation. These democratic innovations combine offlibne and online partcipation (blended democarcy) and they change the roles of government, public authorities, business, civil society and citizens.

Social networks and e-deliberation

Chair: Dr. Stéphanie Wojcik (stephanie.wojcik@u-pec.fr)

Co-Chair: Dr. Domagoj Bebić (domagoj@edemokracija.hr)

Discussant: Domagoj Bebić

Social media changed individual political participation dramatically. Social media seem to be crucial for these new social movements? What is the relationship between socio political pluralism and Internet? What is the reaction of political parties and civil society in democratic regimes. Papers focus on the evaluation of the quality of social networks.
This raises the question about the quality of these networks and the quality of deliberation in the internet. The panel will try to categorize, analyze and evaluate the different tools.

E-voting:Internet voting, voting machines

Chair: Dr. Thad Hall (thadhall@gmail.com)

Co-Chair: Prof. Alexander Trechsel

Discussant: Alexander Trechsel

Electronic voting and internet voting seems to be reinvigorated. This panel is open for discussion on strategies of national and supranational institutions such as Council of Europe regarding Electronic and internet voting. New experiments in Mexico, Argentina, new trends in India etc should be presented. Latest developments and trends in Norway, Denmark, Switzerland in the local election and new experiences in Estonia, Switzerland, USA, Russia will be evaluated.

Data protection and data security

Chair: Dr. Shiru Wang (shiruw@gmail.com)

Co-Chair: Dr. Masahiro Iwasaki (iwasaki@mtj.biglobe.ne.jp)

Discussant: Shiru Wang

Surveillance, data privacy and regulations are becoming an important issue. This panel issue is concerned with the concrete benefits and the downsides of the various opendata initiatives worldwide. Which public policies and strategies of implementation are known? Are global initiatives adopting such strategies or are there new instruments?
Topics of interest include but are not limited to technological and organizational challenges.

Catalyst or cacophony? The impact of the Internet on political opinion and participation in non-democratic regimes.

Chair: Dr. Jason Abbott (jason.abbott@louisville.edu)

Co-Chair: Prof. Norbert Kersting

Discussant: Laurence Whitehead

This panel will provide a comparative analysis of the impact and implications of Internet use on political opinion and participation in authoritarian and quasi-authoritarian regimes. It is widely accepted that the Internet provides access to alternative sources of unmediated information, is a tool by which opposition and reformist voices can circumvent conventional forms of censorship and media regulation, and a means by which dissident groups can organize and mobilize. Such conventional wisdom however is drawn from a relatively small number of countries where authoritarian regimes have succumbed to reformist and revolutionary oppositions. To test whether the hypothesis is valid requires a much larger multi-country and multi-regional analysis. It is to this end that this panel will contribute. It is envisaged that the panel will present case studies and data from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia. To this end papers are invited from researchers investigating the impact and role of the Internet in these regions.

Towards transparent societies? International Perspectives on Open Government, Open data & Transparency Research

Chair: Dr. Sarah Labelle (sarah.labelle@sic.univ-paris13.fr)

Co-Chair: Mr. François ALLARD-HUVER

Discussants:
Prof. Yves Jeanneret
Dr. Claire Oger

Inspired by previous research on open government, transparency, public participation and governance practices in both Political Science and Information & Communication Sciences, this panel will discuss the current state of transparency research. From a historical and theoretical point of view to practical research focusing on policy implementations, proposals will explore how transparency redistributes powers and redefines relationships between stakeholders by examining its status as an ideological notion and as a model for action in the public sphere.
The panel will analyze how transparency refers to skills and expertise of public actors, in new frames of policies, especially those including the changing media environment (information society, open government, etc.). We aim to bring together different research traditions and geographic perspectives questioning the notion of transparency and related concepts like openness, accountability or empowerment. Topics of interest can pertain to varying scales and scopes of perspectives including organizations such as States, NGOs, IOs, etc., or themes such as governance, business, trust, etc.
Panel issues are concerned with the social operativity of the notion of transparency and the way it refers to concrete processes and political authority. Moreover, we form the hypothesis that transparency as a model leads to undervalue the role of communication and to occult tools, signs and socio-technical apparatuses.

Voting advice application (Possible joint panel with RC 23 Election)

Chair: Andre Krouwel (Vrije University) (a.p.m.krouwel-moredalaguna@vu.nl)

Discussant: Ali Carkoglu (Koc University)

Vote Advice Applications offer many potential opportunities to study the dynamics of elections over the course of the campaign. This panel brings together papers on VAA, its’ use and impact on the electorate. Using novel technologies, such as eye-tracking, papers will explore what users focus on and how this impacts their use and retention of the data.

03Sep 2013

Call fo papers RC10 panels - IPSA World Congress, Montreal, 19-24 July 2013

Convenors

Prof. Norbert Kersting (kerstinn@uni-muenster.de)
Dr. Stephanie Wojcik (stephanie.wojcik@u-pec.fr)
To submit an abstract to the RC10 panels (see below the list of RC10 panels): • Anyone can submit an abstract. You do not need to be a member of IPSA until you register for the congress. However, you must be signed up for a free IPSA website account to be able to submit an abstract. • Only the main author should submit the abstract/paper proposal. Co-authors can be added afterwards. • To permit maximize participation in the world congress, it is necessary to limit the number of appearances of any single individual as follows: • No individual may make more than one appearance in the programme in each of the following categories: • Chair or co-chair of a session • Papergiver • Discussant • Proposals must be submitted in English or French. • Abstracts must not exceed 1500 characters (approximately 250 words). Please do not include references, bibliographical notes, or your contact information in the abstract text.

16Jul 2012

Call for papers (Ph.D students and young researchers) : "Online political participation and its critics", DEL symposium, Paris, 19 June 2013

International symposium of the DEL research network - June 19, 2013
In partnership with the RC10 "Electronic Democracy"

"Online political participation and its critics"

DEL Symposium_ Call for papers Ph.d students and young researchers (pdf)

"Online political participation and its critics" is the conference organised by young researchers as part of the international symposium of the Research Network DEL. Its goal is to understand the current outlines of "electronic democracy". Given the multiplicity of discourses and the plasticity of political and social experiences claiming “electronic democracy” its very definition has been challenged for more than fifteen years. In parallel, the technical developments of the Internet and the terms used to designate them - web 2.0, social web, participatory web, and so on - encourage questioning "electronic democracy" in its ability to identify theoretical and epistemological practices of digital networks based on the idea of increasing participation in democratic processes.
Specifically, the aim of this conference is to examine the discourses and political practices of the Internet, and the concepts used for their analysis from three axes that follow.

Axis 1. Theoretical and ideological debates on political participation online
From the 1980s, the information and communication technologies have given rise to a plethora of political discourses. Generally oscillating between revitalization of democracy and economic benefits expected from divers experiments, they have been the subjects of numerous studies based on various theoretical approaches.
Given the current development of digital networks, their increasing appropriation by people and their institutional recognition through specific public policies, this axis examines firstly, the ideologies and norms that underlie online initiatives of political participation and secondly, the debates and theoretical models built to analyse such initiatives.

1. Ideologies and norms
Although many considered electronic voting as able to fight the widespread abstention in most of the Western countries, this belief was contradicted by almost every empirical research study on its rare and well-publicized experiments. The current uses of digital technologies seeking to change or challenge the conditions of exercise of power seem to exert a similar fascination often far from any questions about their ideological or normative bases.
For example, the current enthusiasm for the open data movement, which is embodied - at least in France - in scattered initiatives carried out by local authorities, questions once again the relationship between transparency and opacity that has always structured the functioning of the State. Both in stakeholders’ discourses and in public policies set up in various countries, are we witnessing a reactivation of the technicist belief in transparency and "openness" as solutions of disaffection with politics, in addition to economic benefits that they are supposed to raise ? Also, this axis aims at examining, more generally, ideologies, conceptions of the State, politics, democracy, citizenship and participation underpinning various initiatives supported by digital technologies – whether they are public or private, formally organized or not – aiming to change or challenge the current conditions in the exercise of power.

2. Theoretical models and new concepts
Beyond the initial research focused on the "impacts" of information and communication technologies on democracy, many models and theoretical frameworks have questioned how various forms of political participation could be supported by the digital practices of information and discussion. This continually increasing range of practices - especially related to the development of social networks and platforms of collective production of content - raises a series of questions and stimulates a reflexion on a possible need for new concepts to analyse political phenomena that could find their source online.
So, is it still possible to study political participation online with the concepts used for “traditional" political participation and within the frontiers of such disciplines as, for example, political science, or the sociology of the media, both reticent to examine politics or the sociology of mobilization still somewhat reluctant to study digital phenomena ? To what extent could studies based on, for example concepts such as "digital cultures" be useful to understand the political practices taking place on the web ?
More generally, should we consider "electronic democracy" as a simple variant of "participatory democracy" ? In that case, to study electronic democracy, should we use the traditional dichotomy between "participatory democracy" introduced from above, which includes increased access to information and participation in the development of norms at the initiative of public institutions, and "contra-democracy", especially characterized by continuous monitoring of representatives by the represented ? This two-tier approach of participation refers to various conceptions, sometimes divergent, of digital technologies and more particularly of the Internet, which cannot be considered simply as an instrument of representative democracy. More precisely, what references and what categories of analysis should be used to grasp the technical dimension of political phenomena while some of them seem to occur only through digital networks ?

Axis 2. New forms of political discourse, new spaces of politicization ?
This axis is about the online “political discourse” in its diversity and within multiple digital spaces (websites, blogs, social networks, etc.) whether they are managed or not by institutions.
On one side, institutions and politicians build new online practices that lead to reconsidering how the contents of public actions initiated by local, national or international authorities spread. How do such practices participate in the transformation of political discourse ? How do they act on the discussions between politicians and citizens or between citizens themselves, and on the unequal sharing of powers and knowledge among them ? What does it show about the ranges and the forms of contemporary public and political communication ? On the other side, politics have now entered digital social spaces, both through politicians and individuals who produce and share various contents. How do digital social networks contribute to keeping citizens informed, to their politicization, or to the constitution of an online “public” ?
More generally, to what extent are these evolutions in public and political communication transforming political participation ?

1. New forms of political discourse
The way discourse is made public is evolving. As well as forms of online presence now being considered as traditional (such as website) politicians and institutions are facing new communicational challenges. For example, they have to manage the growing pressure imposed by the necessary adaptation of their communication strategies to these online environments. But they also need to be able to manage the resources that such environments offer. Politicians have to adapt their strategies to face their need for reactivity in order to be “visible”, and to stage their initiatives, their projects or themselves in order to be in people’s discussions and disseminate their ideas. At the same time, the release of raw data linked to governmental activities, and the growth of groups able to process it, take part in the evolution of how the results of public policies -at every governmental level-have entered into the public sphere.
How do the messages of politicians and institutions spread into the various digital spaces ? How does the integration of constantly changing digital services (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Pinterest, Youtube, Dailymotion, Spotify, Foursquare, etc.) into their repertoire of actions affect its content and the public it is addressed to ?
How can the constantly growing amount of data and information circulating online (visualization, mapping, computer graphics) be made accessible to interpretation, therefore to criticism ? Has the web become a crucial source of information for citizen (if yes, which ones) ? Are we facing new forms of political participation and information ?

2. Politics elsewhere
Since its definition by J. Habermas, many debates, criticisms and new definitions have been generated by the concept of “public sphere”. Various authors have underlined the multiplicity or the fragmentation of spaces in which forms of public expression progressively occurred, forms that cannot be reduced to simple procedural conception. Others consider that there are various arenas where public issues can both emerge and be constructed. Regarding the development of digital networks, questioning forms of public expression other than the rational-critical discussion seems necessary, as well as considering that “counter-discourses”, or even “counter-publics” can emerge. Indeed, the increase of “web 2.0” technologies, with its numerous spaces for interpersonal conversations, allows contents produced by users to circulate. These new environments for discourse appear in various static or dynamic spaces where private conversations are mixed with public discourses, multimedia resources of the web with traditional textual, audio or video contents. Even if they were never established for good, how can the boundaries of politics be established when those between public and private spheres are constantly affected by the evolutions of these digital devices ? Could this give rise to new forms of politicization of individuals ? And in what conditions could they occur ? For example, discursive forms using humor, cynicism and irony, but also new visual and more creative ways of individual or collective expressions : do they represent ways of access to a political universe ? Is it a sign of citizen empowerment ? To what extent can visiting such digital social spaces lay individuals open to -or lead them to be interested in politics ?

Axis 3. New actors, new reconfigurations of political power ?
This axis questions the place of digital networks, both within existing organizations of the public sphere and within new types of movements which have recently emerged. Indeed, citizens, activists groups with varying degrees of formalisation, or even certain new types of political parties with uncertain territorial binding make good use of digital opportunities to promote their ideas and to express critical views against institutional and partisan organizations that have embodied political engagement until now.

1. New actors, new go-betweens, new cooperations ?
Partisan organizations and political or administrative institutions have integrated digital technologies into their communication and action repertoires in order to arouse citizen interest and to mobilize their voters . This calls into question the place of expertise, the division of roles within these organizations and the professionalization processes that can be generated. The development of applications and services based on the "web 2.0" requires firstly rethinking information circulation processes within these organizationsn and secondly appealing to external agents - from the business or the non-profit fields or even to citizens - , thus possibly leading to new forms of collaboration.
For instance, are political parties becoming “firms” run by marketing concepts and practices, or citizen organizations revitalized by an active online participation ? Or even “cyber-parties” ? Symetrically, activism lines seem to be blurring : are boundaries between party members and sympathizers dissolving ? More generally, to what extent could hierarchies and roles within traditional organizations be challenged by these new individuals sought after because of their know-how and expertise ?
At the same time, "fact checking" practices are being renewed and new forms of journalism based on "data telling" are appearing, as well as other forms of cooperation between “former” and “new” actors in the production, dissemination, circulation and the criticism of political information. In addition to being reactive (when posting a comment or a tweet) and autonomous (when feeding their own blogs), connected citizens are now able to challenge traditional media by being “curators” online. A broad range of new curation tools (storify, scoop.it, paper.li, etc.) thus contribute to blur the frontiers between journalists, citizens, experts and amateurs. What are their sociodemographic profiles and their career backgrounds ? Are they a new form of critics ? How do such practices disturb the traditional gate-keepers of the political and media space ?

2. The digital, the ballots and the Street
The use of the Internet by various groups and movements in order to make visible their social initiatives or to question public authority is not a new phenomenon, as was seen in the alternative globalization movement in the early years of the 21st century. However, and without judgment on the ‘real’ effects of the use of social networks in the Egyptian, Tunisian, Libyan and Syrian revolts, the question can nevertheless be raised on the real likelihood of changing the decision-making of a country or its political regime through contestation that is organized on a wide range of digital spaces.
Through the variety of genres and formats used (pictures, videos, diaporamas), the notion of “transmedia” campaign could be analyzed with the help of case studies or of theoretical discussion. This new kind of campaign is not a multi-media declension of a traditional campaign (cross-media) : the message is initially generated around different media and formats (mobile, website, online social networks, video, pictures, applications, etc.). Does the transmedia trend constitute a structural evolution of campaign patterns ? Does this definition also work for other revolt movements, like the “Indignados” movement in Spain in 2011 ? Was the “Occupy Wall Street” movement not conceived in this “global” perspective ? The happening, announced ahead of time on the media and on online social networks, then happens live – in front of microphones and cameras but also through online live-stream, live-tweet, through geo-location on Foursquare or Facebook – before being restituted.
Among the “non-traditional” organizations that this sub-section could examine, we can also mention the American netroots, these online activism networks with a transnational focus (Avaaz, Change.org, All Out, Move on, for instance) : these somewhat light structures relatively unknown by the general public whose activities are found principally in the digital space and nevertheless count millions of members. They follow the American tradition of the community organizing culture and lead to effective changes in public policies. In spite of their media coverage, these recent examples have been relatively overlooked in the academic literature, even in the USA. To what extent do these new structures collaborate or compete with traditional organizations ?

To submit a proposal
This call for papers is addressed to young researchers : doctoral students and researchers who have graduated in the last five years.
The proposals (between 10 000 and 15 000 signs) with an abstract (1500 signs) should be sent to stephanie.wojcik@u-pec.fr
Papers can be written in French or in English. Proposals should be submitted by September 17th 2012.
The authors will be notified of the results on October 22 2012. The final papers should be sent by April 5th 2013.
The final paper (between 40 and 45 000 signs) with an abstract (2000 signs) can be written in French or in English.
The papers presented during the conference will be published.

Schedule
Deadline for Proposal : September 17, 2012
Notification to authors October 22, 2012
Final version of the papers : April 5, 2013
Symposium : June 19-20, 2013

Contact
Stéphanie Wojcik (stephanie.wojcik@u-pec.fr)
University of Paris Est Créteil / CEDITEC (France)
Research network on electronic democracy (DEL) http://www.certop.fr/DEL

In partnership with: • CERTOP/CNRS • CEDITEC, University of Paris Est Créteil • COSTECH, University of Technology of Compiègne • Groupement d’intérêt scientifique sur la participation du public aux processus décisionnels et la démocratie participative (GIS Participation and Democracy) • International Political Science Association (IPSA) - Research Committee 10 "Electronic Democracy" • European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) - Standing Group on Internet & Politics

Scientific committee :

Eva Anduiza (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) ; Nick Anstead (London School of Economics, UK) ; Frédérick Bastien (Université de Montréal, Canada) ; Gersende Blanchard (Université Lille 3, France) ; Robert Boure (Université Toulouse 3, France) ; Dominique Cardon (Orange Labs, France) ; Stephen Coleman (Leeds University, UK) ; Carlos Cunha (Lisbon University Institute, Portugal) ; Patrice Flichy (Université Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée, France) ; Eric George (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada) ; Rachel Gibson (Manchester University, UK) ; Todd Graham (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) ; Fabien Granjon (Université Paris 8, France) ; Dimitris Gouscos (University of Athens, Greece) ; Fabienne Greffet (Université de Lorraine, France) ; Josiane Jouët (Université Paris 2, France) ; Rabia Karakaya Polat (Isik University, Turkey) ; Norbert Kersting (Muenster University, Germany) ; Raphaël Kies (Université du Luxembourg) ; Robert Krimmer (OSCE, Poland) ; Gérard Loiseau (Certop/CNRS, France) ; Laurence Monnoyer-Smith (Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France) ; Karen Mossberger (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA) ; Beth Noveck (New York Law School, USA) ; Zizi Papacharissi (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA) ; Serge Proulx (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada) ; Jarmo Rinne (University of Helsinki, Finland) ; Cristian Vaccari (Università di Bologna, Italy) ; Thierry Vedel (CEVIPOF, France) ; Yanina Welp (University of Zurich, Switzerland) ; Stéphanie Wojcik (Université Paris Est Créteil, France) ; Han Woo Park (YeungNam University, South Korea) ; Scott Wright (Leicester University, UK).

16Jul 2012

Electronic Democracy edited by N. Kersting

Just published :
KERSTING N. (ed.), Electronic Democracy, Barbara Budrich Publishers, "The World of Political Science" Series, July 2012.

The timely book takes stock of the state of the art and future of electronic democracy, exploring the history and potential of e-democracy in global perspective. Analysing the digital divide, the role of the internet as a tool for political mobilisation, internet Voting and Voting Advice Applications, and other phenomena, this volume critically engages with the hope for more transparency and political participation through e-democracy.

The editor:
Prof. Dr. Norbert Kersting,
Department of Political Science, University of Münster, Germany

Target groups:
Undergraduates, postgraduates, and post-docs in Political Science, democracy, public administration, governance, International Relations, sociology

Keywords:
electronic democracy, e-voting, social media

Subject area:
Political Science, democracy, public administration, governance, International Relations, sociology

Summary
Foreword Preface

1. The Future of Electronic democracy Norbert Kersting

2. Political mobilization and social networks. The example of the Arab spring Pippa Norris

3. Social media Jason Abbott

4. Electronic political campaigning Andrea Römmele

5. Open government and open data Stephanie Wojcik

6. Electronic voting Michael Alvarez and Thad Hall

7. Voting Advice Applications Andreas Ladner and Jan Fivaz

6 Contents Index Notes on the Contributors

--> On the publisher's website

16May 2012

Panels of the RC10 at the next IPSA World Congress in Madrid

The 22nd World Congress of the IPSA will take place in Madrid (Spain) from 8 to 12 July 2012. You will find below the 8 panels organized by the RC 10 on Electronic Democracy.

Panels in RC 10: Electronic Democracy

Chair RC 10 Norbert Kersting (Uni. Muenster) norbert.kersting@uni-muenster.de
Co-chair RC 10: Stephanie Wojcik (Univ. Paris-Est Creteil) stephanie.wojcik@u-pec.fr

1. E-democracy and deliberation: Government and Parliament
Convenor: Prof. Norbert Kersting
Chair: Dr. Domagoj Bebić
Co-Chair: Dr. Raphael Kies
Discussant: Dr. Raphael Kies
Wednesday, July 11 - 11:00-12:45
School of Journalism / Facultad de Ciencas de la informacion - classroom 4

Papers:
• Citizens deliberating in a government website: What difference does it make? - Azi Lev-On
• ePetition systems and political participation - Knud Boehle, Ulrich Riehm
• Facebook usage by city mayors in Central and Southeastern Europe - Domagoj Bebić, Milica Vuckovic
• Parliamentarian Blogs and Deliberative Democracy in Malaysia - Rosyidah Muhamad
• Political representation and the quality of democracy – the use of ICT by members of Brazilian parliament - Marcus Abilio Pereira, Flavio Cireno Fernandes
• The use of web 2.0 to improve political participation: how legislatures use the web to offer online political discussion - Santiago Giraldo Luque

2. E-democracy and deliberation: Political parties and Civil society
Convenor : Prof. Norbert Kersting
Chair: Dr. Raphael Kies
Co-Chair: Dr. Domagoj Bebić
Discussant: Dr. Domagoj Bebic
Wednesday, July 11 - 13:00-14:45
School of Journalism / Facultad de Ciencas de la informacion - classroom 4

Papers:
• Debate the (French) Primary Round Online - Anaïs Théviot, Marino de Luca
• New Media and Democracy: political engagement through e-participatory experiences in education - Ursula Maier-Rabler, Stefan Huber
• Supporting young people's political participation through distributed discussion – lessons obtained from an EU pilot - Simone Kimpeler, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Ella Taylor-Smith, Ralf Lindner
• The effects of the Internet on political participation: the role of the Internet as a source of political information and a sphere for political discussion - Kakuko Miyata

3. e-Revolution and Pluralism in Countries of the 2011 "Arab Spring:" Egypt and Tunisia (joint panel RC10/RC16)
Convenor: Prof. Krzysztof Jasiewicz
Chair: Dr. Rainer Eisfeld
Co-Chair: Prof. Norbert Kersting
Discussants: Prof. Philip G. Cerny and Dr. Jason Abbott
Sunday, July 8 - 15:00-16:45
School of Pharmacy/Facultad de Farmacia - classroom 234

Papers:
• Al Jazeera and Citizen Journalists: The Intersection of Broadcast and Social Networks in the Arab Spring - Muzammil Hussain
• Beyond ‘Renaissance’. The complex field of Islamism in Tunisia - Francesco Cavatorta
• Civil Society Players with Different Political Projects in Egypt’s Mubarak and Post-Mubarak Periods: Implications for Gender Politics and the Demands of Womens’ Rights Groups - Nicola Pratt
• Worker Mobilization and the Trade Union Movement in Egypt and Tunisia: A Comparative Analysis - Francoise Clement

4. Electronic Administration, Innovations in Government-Citizen Relations
Convenor: Dr. Stéphanie Wojcik
Chair: Dr. Hal Colebatch
Co-Chair: Dr. Stéphanie Wojcik
Discussant : Prof. Jill Tao

Wednesday, July 11 - 15:00-16:45
Medicine - Lain Entralgo

Papers:
• Citizen privacy online – beyond the limits of government policymaking? - Scott Brenton
Cyberdemocracy in Brazil: ways to increase the representative democracy - Heloisa Bezerra, Vladimyr Jorge
• Designing the state: governments and citizen in the inherently digital era - Helen Margetts, Patrick Dunleavy, Jane Tinkler, Scott Hale
• E-government benchmarking in Brazil: indicators of e-gov in the greater ABC region - Jarbas Almeida
• Electronic Regimes - Mauro Santaniello, Francesco Amoretti

5. Electronic voting re-vitalized
Convenor: Dr. Josep M. Reniu Vilamala
Chair: Dr. Josep M. Reniu Vilamala
Co-Chair: Prof. Richard Niemi
Discussant: Prof. Alexander Trechsel
Monday, July 9 - 15:00-16:45
School of Journalism / Facultad de ciencas de la informacion - classroom 11

Papers:
• Election Observation and Electronic Voting - Robert Krimmer
• Internet Learning, Internet Voting: Using ICT in Estonia - Thad Hall
• Internet voting in Norway 2011. Democratic and organisational experiences - Harald Baldersheim
• Public dispute on electronic voting in Poland – near or far future? - Arkadiusz Zukowski
• Testing e-participation : A case of e-voting system in Belgium - Nicolas Rossignol, Céline Parotte
• The Road to Internet Voting in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Vanja Malidžan

6. Open government
Convenor : Dr. Stéphanie Wojcik
Chair: Dr. Stéphanie Wojcik
Co-chair: Prof. Richard Engstrom
Discussant: Prof. Robert Smith
Wednesday, July 11 - 9:00-10:45
School of Journalism/Facultad de ciencas de la information - classroom 4

Papers:
• Government 2.0: Problems and Prospect - Peter John Chen
• How to govern open data? Analysis of the modes of liberated data’s governance - Antoine Courmont
• Learning to be more open and proactive: lessons in open government - Mary Francoli
• Opendata as new commitment of governments : from injunction of transparency to coproduction of services - Sarah Labelle, Jean-Baptiste Le Corf
• Tracking the diffusion of open data policy in the EU - Francesca De Chiara

7. Scrutinizing mobilisation in networked politics
Convenor: Mr. Jorge Luis Salcedo Maldonado
Chair: Ms. Marta Cantijoch
Co-Chair: Dr. Mayo Fuster Morell
Discussants: Mr. Camilo Cristancho, Mr. Jorge Luis Salcedo Maldonado
Wednesday, July 11 - 15:00-16:45
School of Journalism/Facultad de ciencas de la information - classroom 4

Papers:
• Cloud protesting. On dissent in times of social media - Stefania Milan
• Demonstrations as Hybrid Media Events: A Comparison of the Occupy Wall Street and Indignados Movements - Michael Jensen
• Empowerment in Organization and Communication - A study of Hong Kong's anti-express rail link movement - Jie Ying Wang
• Networked Politics in Action: The Advocacy of Net Neutrality in the United States - Burcu Baykurt
• Organizations and initiatives: different models of activism in a Facebook referendum campaign - Matteo Cernison

8. Social media revolution
Convenor: Dr. Jason Abbott
Chair: Dr. Jason Abbott
Monday, July 9 - 11:00-12:45
School of Pharmacy/Facultad de Farmacia - classroom 223

Papers:
• A Campaign Perspective on Social Media Motivation and Use by Congressional Candidates - Jeff Gulati
• Democratizing Potential in Social Media: A Facebook Analysis - Callie Spencer, Jeff Rose
• ICTs and Democratisation in South Korea: Digital Citizens Pushing Analogue Politicians - Heike Hermanns
• Internet user and political trust in Europe - Norbert Kersting

RC10 Programme Madrid July 2012PROGRAMME IN PDF

22Sep 2011

Call for papers IPSA World Congress in Madrid 2012

The 22nd World Congress of the IPSA will take place in Madrid (Spain) from 8 to 12 July 2012.

Use www.ipsa.org to submit a paper.

NEW DEADLINE ! Deadline for paper proposals and abstracts is October 17, 2011.

Panel 1. Open government

Chairs: Richard Engstrom, Duke University (USA) - richard.engstrom@duke.edu

Stéphanie Wojcik, University of Paris Est Créteil (France) – stephanie.wojcik@u-pec.fr

Calls for governments to provide open, easy-to-use and largely free-of-charge access to public data have grown in recent years - such as the 'Transparency and Open Government' programme initiated under Obama’s presidency in the US or the Public Data Corporation supported by the UK Cabinet Office (2011) while the European Commission, through the SEMIC.EU platform, is promoting the idea of Linked Government Metadata (2010).

Making public information and data more widely available is indeed thought to support democratic citizenship by increasing transparency and accountability in government, allowing individuals and groups to monitor and evaluate particular policies, services, and the performance of government in general. While little systematic research has been done on open government so far, initiatives associated with the term have generated opposing views.

This panel issue is concerned with the concrete benefits and the downsides of the various opendata initiatives worldwide. Which public policies and strategies of implementation are known? Are European initiatives adopting such strategies or are there new instruments?

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

- Surveillance, data privacy and regulations

- Transparency, accountability and civic engagement

- Production of services and public goods and changing roles of government, public authorities, business, civil society and citizens

- Technological and organizational challenges of open government

Panel 2. E democracy and deliberation

Chairs: Raphael Kies, (University of Luxembourg) - raphael.kies@uni.lu

Norbert Kersting, (University of Münster, Germany), -norbert.kersting@uni-marburg.de

Dialogical deliberative instruments are vitalizing democracy. Participatory budgeting, deliberative polls, forums and other participatory instruments are implemented . These instruments are often combined with e-participation tools. Internet conference, open space online, participatory budgeting online, e-petitions, blogs, web forums etc. are implemented to support or to substitute traditional instruments for participation. This raises the question about the quality of deliberation in the internet. The panel will try to categorize, analyze and evaluate the different tools.

Panel 3. Electronic voting re-vitalized?

Chairs: Richard Niemi, (University Rochester, USA) - niemi@rochester.edu

Josep Reniu, (University of Barcelona, Spain) - jreniu@ub.edu

Discussant: Alexander Trechsel

Electronic voting and internet voting seems to be reinvigorated. This panel discusses strategies of national and supranational institutions such as Council of Europe regarding Electronic and internet voting. New experiments in Mexico, Argentina, new trends in India etc will be presented. Latest developments in Norway in the local election will be analyzed. New experiences in Estonia, Switzerland, USA, Russia evaluated.

Panel 4. e-Revolution and Pluralism in Countries of the 2011 "Arab spring": Egypt and Tunisia

joint panel with RC 16 Socio political pluralism and RC 10 e-democracy

Chairs: Rainer Eisfeld (RC 16) (University Osnabrueck, Germany) -rainer.eisfeld@uni-osnabrueck.de

Norbert Kersting (RC 10) (University of Münster, Germany), -norbert.kersting@uni-marburg.de

A pluralist alliance of various civil society groups – workers, women, urban professionals, moderate islamists, underemployed (particularly from among the youth) – with different, sometimes overlapping, grievances, ousted the previous regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. Largely mobilised via the Internet, these groups have different interests and pursue differing political projects for their countries’ post-revolutionary future. The panel will trace sources of several important Egyptian and Tunesian protest groups’ politicization and subsequent mobilisation, also attempting to spell out implications of their projects for the post-Ben Ali and post-Mubarak eras. Are there lessons to be learned for the rest of the world?

Panel 5. Scrutinizing mobilisation in networked politics

Convenor: Jorge Luis Salcedo Maldonado (Univ. Autonoma Barcelona) jorgelsalcedo@gmail.com

Chair: Marta Cantijoch Co-Chair: Mayo Fuster Morell

Discussants: Camilo Cristancho, Jorge Luis Salcedo Maldonado

Internet use has expanded the mobilisation opportunities of organised political actors (political parties, social movements, interest groups) while giving prominence to non-organised individuals or individuals organised via flexible structures or mainly online-based formats (such as online communities). Digital tools like websites, blogs or social networking sites, among others, are reshaping communicational dynamics and mobilising strategies.

This panel calls for papers aiming at expanding our knowledge on the changes in mobilisation processes that are taking place as a consequence of the spread of internet mediated communication. We invite paper proposals addressing any of the following questions: Can we characterize online mobilization as comprising considerably different processes from those used in more traditional channels? What can we learn from differences between online mobilisation strategies by different type of actors in multiple contexts? What are the factors explaining the use of new media for political mobilisation? How can mobilisation effects be assessed in terms of collective outcomes such as turnout, or individual changes in attitudes and behaviours?

Panel 6. Social media revolution

Chair: Jason Abbott (University of Louisville, Kentucky) jason.abbott@louisville.edu

Twitter and facebook are seen as the triggering instruments for the democratic protest and the transformation in North Africa. The 2011 'Arab Spring' and the “velvet revolution” are regarded as e-Revolution. But web 2.0 changed individual political participation dramatically elsewhere in the world. Social protest happened also out of Northern Africa (see UK, Greece, Germany, China etc.). Web 2.0. and E- Mobilization seem to be crucial for these new social movements? What is the relationship between socio political pluralism and Internet? What is the reaction of political parties and civil society in democratic regimes. How do authoritarian regimes react?

We encourage proposals that combine conceptual discussion and empirical analysis. We also welcome analyses of the changes occurring in the use of online methods of mobilisation across time and/or countries.

08Jul 2011

Electronic direct democracy


RC10Logo2.jpg New innovative participatory instruments move to more strongly discursive-interactive designed procedures that correspond to models of deliberative politics and a communitarian democracy. In this evolution of the public spaces the new information and communication technologies can play an important role. Internet can give a new impetus in worldwide boom of direct democracy. What types of new electronic direct deliberative democracy instruments are developed? What are criteria for an evaluation of these instruments? In what fields are these new information technologies implemented? Do electronic town meetings, webforums, e-conferences, e-participatory budgeting etc. enhance deliberation? What are the problems and benefits of online political forums and what is their future development?
The workshop was part of the Slovenian Association of Political Science conference. "TWENTY YEARS OF SLOVENIAN STATEHOOD" at Grand hotel Metropol, Portorož, Slovenia, 2nd – 4th of June 2011

Panel: IPSA RC 10 – Electronic direct democracy and the quality of political discourse
• head: Norbert Kersting (Germany)
• participants:
Evgeny Ishmenev (Russia): New media as a part of the “symbolic politics”
Steven Connolley (Canada): A Comparative Case-Study Project of Liberal E-Democracy and Political Associations in Civil Society
Jason P Abbot (USA): Cacophonyor empowerment? Analyzing the socio-political impact of the Internet in Asia
Gil Ferreira (Portugal): Political debate on weblogs: a virtual public sphere for deliberation?


Panel: IPSA RC 10 – Electronic direct democracy and the quality of democracy
• head: Norbert Kersting (Germany)
• participants:
Simon Delakorda (Slovenia): Deliberation challenges for articles 6,7 and 8: the case of citizen’s forum
Tanja Oblak and Jernej Prodnik (Slovenia): From opinion expression to deliberation: A critical analysis of the “I propose to the government” deliberative e-tool
Jiří Dušek and Lubomír Pána (Czech Republic): Financial and political; problems of e-democracy in the Czech Republic
Norbert Merkovity (Hungary): The Digital Era Governance in Micro Environment; Case study: City of Szeged

29Jan 2011

Call for papers Workshop “Net Campaigning in the Global Context: Appropriation, Invention, Transformation", Dubrovnik (Croatia), 30-31 May 2011

Workshop: “Net Campaigning in the Global Context: Appropriation, Invention, Transformation” Supported by the IPSA RC10

Organized by the Faculty of Political Science In partnership with DEL research network Dubrovnik, Croatia, 30 - 31 May 2011

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IPSA's Research Committee 10 on Electronic Democracy and the Faculty of Political Science in partnership with DEL research network (http://www.certop.fr/DEL) announce call for papers for the upcoming IPSA Workshop on "Net campaigning in the Global Context" that will be held in Dubrovnik, Inter University Center, Croatia from 30 to 31 May 2011. The Workshop is a part of the annual Information Technology and Journalism conference organized by the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb and the Institute for New Media and E-Democracy that will take place from 1 to 3 June 2011.

Topics:

• Transformation of political communication through new media
• ‘Americanization’ of the net campaigning
• ‘Glocalisation’: global distribution and local appropriation of the net campaigning
• Contribution of the emerging democracies to the net campaigning world-wide
• Elections and the net campaigning
• Issue campaigning on the net
• E-democracy and e-engagement
• Consumer citizens and the net
• Catching up with the net generation: governments, political parties and civil society
• The role of the new media in raising support for the EU
• EU institutions and the net
• Euroscepticism and the net
• Social networks, blogs and the EU

The conference language is English.

We invite individuals from academic and practical backgrounds as well as public administration offices, public bodies, NGOs, education institutions and independent organizations, to submit their contributions.

Costs:
EUR 95 - for authors
EUR 115 - early bird rate for participants who register until March 15, 2011
EUR 135 - for participants who register after March 15, 2011

The fee includes conference entry, proceedings and social program during the conference. Pre-conference social program is to be announced.

The Proceedings will be published by the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb.

Important dates:

Submission of abstract (max 300 words): 15 March 2011
Notification of acceptance: 30 March 2011
Final paper submission (max. 10 pages): 30 April 2011
Workshop: 30 – 31 May 2011
Conference: 30 May – 3 June 2011

Submissions

Please send your submission in pdf format to milica@edemokracija.hr

All submissions are subject to a double-blind full paper review by at least 2 reviewers. To facilitate the review process, please write a separate cover sheet with the paper title and affiliation/s and omit the affiliations in the actual paper.

Participants who are not contributors (i.e. who do not propose a paper) can apply through our web site www.edemocracyinstitute.eu. Please note that the number of non contributing participants is limited so we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

For further information please visit: www.edemocracyinstitute.eu

Conference Chairs: nenad@edemokracija.hr, domagoj@edemokracija.hr

Contact Details:
Prof. dr. Nenad Prelog (president)
dr. Domagoj Bebic (secretary general)
Milica Vuckovic (coordinator)
Šibenska 1, 10 000 Zagreb, Hrvatska
t: 01 307 9113 f: 01 307 9113

31Dec 2010

Call for papers RC10 workshop on "Electronic Direct Democracy", Congress of the Slovenian Association of Political Science, Portoroz (Slovenia), 2-4 June 2011


RC10Logo2.jpg New innovative participatory instruments move to more strongly discursive-interactive designed procedures that correspond to models of deliberative politics and a communitarian democracy. In this evolution of the public spaces the new information and communication technologies can play an important role. Internet can give a new impetus in worldwide boom of direct democracy. What types of new electronic direct deliberative democracy instruments are developed? What are criteria for an evaluation of these instruments? In what fields are these new information technologies implemented? Do electronic town meetings, webforums, e-conferences, e-participatory budgeting etc. enhance deliberation? What are the problems and benefits of online political forums and what is their future development?
The workshop will be part of the Slovenian Association of Political Science conference.

Deadline for paper proposals and abstracts (200 words) is 31January 2011
(extended)

Please contact:
Norbert Kersting (kersting@sun.ac.za)
And the Local organizers:
Miro Haček (Miro.Hacek@fdv.uni-lj.si)
Lea Smerkolj (lea.smerkolj@fdv.uni-lj.si)

31Dec 2010

Call for papers Conference “Direct and deliberative democracy. An intercontinental perspective"

Call for papers: Conference: “Direct and deliberative democracy. An intercontinental perspective”
Wednesday, March 9. - Saturday, March 12. 2011
Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) Stellenbosch, South Africa

Is there a crisis of democracy? Globally “electoral representative democracies” are highly criticized. Voter apathy and cynicism is growing. But also “unconventional” participation is facing a crisis. New social movements often seem to become violent meaningless protest. Are there any alternatives to the “brick or ballot“?

In this conference on the one hand new forms of "dialogical deliberative instruments" such as participatory budgeting, mini publics, future search conferences, ward committees etc. are discussed on the other hand “direct democratic instruments” such as referendums and initiatives will be analysed. Both democratic channels are seen as an innovation and addition for mainstream traditional democracies. Nowadays democratic innovation seems to be generated mostly in the global South. Brazil and other countries “export” participatory instruments into the old democracies in Europe and Northern America. New “dialogical participatory instruments” such as participatory budgeting were implemented firstly in developing countries in Porto Alegre, Brazil and spread worldwide. Democratic as well as non-democratic countries such as China implement deliberative dialogical instruments. In the last decades referendums and initiatives became en vogue in some Latin American countries. In Africa plebiscites are frequently used in nation building as well as in constitutional processes. In some European countries referendums seem to boom at the local level, where more municipalities implement referendums and initiatives.

There is no in-depth comparative evaluation focusing on these developments. Evaluation criteria encompass criteria such as openness, political control and responsiveness, rationality and transparency as well as effectiveness and efficiency. What are the functions of these political engagements? Are they implemented in planning, conflict resolution? What are intended as well as unintended results? What kind of actors is involved? What are the contexts and experiences as well as the pros and cons in the different continents? The core presentations should give a continental overview. Furthermore these presentations should analyse three to four countries in detail.

Finally the idea is to bridge these two fields of direct and deliberative democracy research. Can dialogical democratic instruments and instruments of direct democracy (Initiatives and Referendums) be combined? Is it useful to combine dialogical and direct democracy? If yes, can this be institutionalized? Are the new instruments one way to reinvigorate democracies or to democratize “non democracies” from below? Or is this “invited space” of direct and deliberative democracy more a rubber stamp factory? Can marginalized groups become meaningfully involved in political decision making?

Deadline for paper proposals and abstracts (200 words) is 15 January 2011. : Prof. Norbert Kersting (Stellenbosch University) (kersting@sun.ac.za)

Papers can focus on theory of deliberative and direct democracy and on a nexus between these two. Papers on effects of deliberative and direct democracy on social movements, civic education and empowerment as well as relevant country studies (India, Brazil etc.) are highly welcome.

The conference is co-organized by Prof Norbert Kersting, Willy Brandt Chair on Transformation and Regional Integration (DAAD)- Stellenbosch University and International Political Science Association (IPSA) Research Committee 5 "Comparative Studies on Local Government and Politics”

18Aug 2010

Deliberating Environmental Policy Issues by Julien Talpin and Stéphanie Wojcik

Talpin, Julien and Wojcik, Stéphanie (2010) "Deliberating Environmental Policy Issues: Comparing the Learning Potential of Online and Face-To-Face Discussions on Climate Change," Policy & Internet: Vol. 2 : Iss. 2, Article 4.
DOI: 10.2202/1944-2866.1026
http://www.psocommons.org/policyandinternet/vol2/iss2/art4

To what extent is political participation deepened and enriched by the Internet? Is the Internet more inclusive - especially towards the young - than traditional forms of participation requiring physical contact? Do people learn more by discussing on the Internet - and especially in online political forums - than by deliberating face-to-face? We aim to answer these questions by presenting the results of research based on the observation of a deliberative experience that allowed both online and face-to-face participation, namely the IDEAL-EU project, carried out by the Tuscany (Italy), Catalonia (Spain), and Poitou-Charentes (France) regions. IDEAL-EU was aimed at involving young people - between ages 14 and 30 - to discuss the issue of climate change in order to produce a report to be handed to the President of the European Parliament Commission on Climate Change. It first consisted in online discussion forums, and then in an electronic town meeting organized in the three regions' capitals in November 2008. This town meeting involved both keypad voting and face-to-face discussions in small groups.
The comparison of these two stages of the experience allows evaluation of the respective effects of online and face-to-face political discussions on young participants’ political knowledge. Using content analysis of websites, direct observation of the assembly, and interviews and questionnaires completed by both online and assembly participants, we evaluate the respective effects of these different forms of civic engagement for actors' perceived level of knowledge on climate change and on their political competence more generally.

13Aug 2010

Electronic Elections: The Perils and Promises of Digital Democracy by R. Michael Alvarez and Thad E. Hall

Alvarez_Hall.gif Princeton University Press, February 2010, 256 p.
ISBN: 978-1-4008-3408-2
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8641.html

Since the 2000 presidential election, the United States has been embroiled in debates about electronic voting. Critics say the new technologies invite tampering and fraud. Advocates say they enhance the accuracy of vote counts and make casting ballots easier and ultimately foster greater political participation. Electronic Elections cuts through the media spin to assess the advantages and risks associated with different ways of casting ballots and shows how e-voting can be the future of American democracy.

Elections by nature are fraught with risk. Michael Alvarez and Thad Hall fully examine the range of past methods and the new technologies that have been created to try to minimize risk and accurately reflect the will of voters. Drawing upon a wealth of new data on how different kinds of electronic voting machines have performed in recent elections nationwide, they evaluate the security issues that have been the subject of so much media attention, and examine the impacts the new computer-based solutions is having on voter participation. Alvarez and Hall explain why the benefits of e-voting can outweigh the challenges, and they argue that media coverage of the new technologies has emphasized their problems while virtually ignoring their enormous potential for empowering more citizens to vote. The authors also offer ways to improve voting technologies and to develop more effective means of implementing and evaluating these systems.

Electronic Elections makes a case for how e-voting can work in the United States, showing why making it work right is essential to the future vibrancy of the democratic process.

R. Michael Alvarez is professor of political science at the California Institute of Technology. Thad E. Hall is associate professor of political science and research fellow at the Institute of Public and International Affairs at the University of Utah. They are the authors of Point, Click, and Vote.

Table of Contents
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS vii
PREFACE ix
CHAPTER 1: What This Book Is About 1
CHAPTER 2: Paper Problems, Electronic Promises 12
CHAPTER 3: Criticisms of Electronic Voting 30
CHAPTER 4: The Frame Game 50
CHAPTER 5: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back 71
CHAPTER 6: The Performance of the Machines 100
CHAPTER 7: Public Acceptance of Electronic Voting 133
CHAPTER 8: A New Paradigm for Assessing Voting Technologies 156
CHAPTER 9: Conclusion 178
NOTES 191
BIBLIOGRAPHY 207
INDEX 217

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