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                       Call for Papers

        CSCW@E-Democracy: Supporting Conversation and
               Collaboration in Policy-making

        Helsinki, Finland, Sunday 14. September 2003
                (at the ECSCW 2003 Conference)

Fiorella de Cindio - Computer Science Department, University of Milan
Elisabeth Davenport- Social Informatics Group,  Napier University
Judith Gregory - Institute for Informatics, University of Oslo
Peter Mambrey - Fraunhofer Inst.for Applied Information Technology FhG-FIT
Volkmar Pipek - International Institute for Socio-Informatics, Bonn
Angus Whyte- International Teledemocracy Centre, Napier University

Conference website:
Workshop website: see

Extended Submission deadline: 11 July 2003
Notifications deadline: 19 July 2003

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This workshop aims explore common ground between CSCW and e-democracy. We
define e-democracy as the use of network technologies to promote
collaboration between actors for policy-making purposes, whether acting as
citizens, their elected representatives, or on behalf of administrations,
parliaments or opposition groups. The "W" in CSCW has in recent years
breached the confines of the workplace to include domestic and public
arenas. Democratic activities span each of these settings, yet descriptions
of the fit between technology and practice that approach the richness of
CSCW workplace studies are rare in e-democracy research. To explore the
common ground we call for contributions that relate e-democracy
and CSCW issues, experiences and technologies. Examples of relevant topics

* Scaling up from 'the group'
CSCW tools have largely been designed for 'the workgroup', framed in terms
of roles, tasks, processes and/or practices. What is transferable from the
'traditional' CSCW methods of seeing and supporting work settings? How is
e-democracy different?
* Deliberation fora: Asymmetries and alternatives
The threaded discussion forum has become a common denominator of governments
rush to enhance citizen participation. How have they been evaluated and with
what outcomes? Does the focus on deliberative models of participation
promote asymmetries- 'double standards' for citizens and policy-makers?
* The policy-making cycle: grounding e-democracy in democratic practice?
Policy-making may be seen as a cyclic process, beginning with agenda
setting, ending with policy monitoring, and encompassing stakeholders'
dialogue throughout. What evidence is there of a good 'fit' between
e-democracy systems and policy-making practice?

Participants with experiences of e-democracy or related public fora such as
civic networks and online communities are invited to submit a short paper (5
pages max.) relevant to one or more themes outlined in the full call. We
plan to publish the proceedings as a special issue in a major international
journal or as a book, and hope to bring together different disciplines in
addition to computer science, especially political science, sociology, and
organisational science.

Volkmar Pipek
Laboratory of Human-computer Interaction and Group Technology
Department of Information Processing Science
University of Oulu
FIN-90570 Oulu, FINLAND
Office: PSOAS321
Tel: +358-40-7780358 (mobile!)
Fax: +358-8-5531890
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