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Call for

    Exploratory Papers,
    Technology Demonstration Proposals
    Workshop Proposals

Tools for Participation:
Collaboration, Deliberation, and Decision Support

DIAC-2008 / Online Deliberation 2008
University of California, Berkeley
June 26 - 29, 2008
http://www.publicsphereproject.org/events/diac08/

Thanks to everybody who submitted research papers to DIAC-2008 /  
Online Deliberation 2008. We encourage people to contribute other  
types of submissions. A good mix of themes and presentation modes  
should help ensure a lively and productive conference.


Exploratory Papers (due March 20, 2008)

Exploratory Papers (3-4 pages) can contain novel concepts, works-in- 
progress, reflections, manifestos or other ideas and issues that  
aren't currently suitable for a research paper.


Technology Demonstration Proposals (due March 15, 2008)

Technology Demonstration Proposals (3-4 pages) should contain a  
description of what you plan to show and why itís important. Be sure  
to note relevant work in the field. Please also describe all technical  
and other requirements for demonstrating at the conference.


Workshop Proposals (due March 15, 2008)

Workshop Proposals (2-4 pages) should contain motivation, objectives,  
expected outcomes, intended audience, and process, including a  
detailed description of how people will be engaged during the workshop.


All submissions must be made via the conference submission system on  
the DIAC-08 web site. Submissions should be written in English and  
authors whose first language is not English are encouraged to have  
their submissions reviewed for language prior to submission.  
Submissions should be formatted for "US Letter" size using 11 point  
Times-Roman font.

As a reminder, our areas of focus include but are not limited to:  
deliberative and collaborative systems, e-democracy and e- 
participation, mobilization and organization, negotiation,  
consultation, sustainability, community support systems, open source  
models, human rights, ecological awareness, conflict resolution,  
justice, transparency systems, media and civic journalism, media  
literacy, power research, citizen science, economic development and  
opportunity, peace and reconciliation, infrastructure development,  
policy, education, community networks, research and development for  
civil society, social software, virtual communities and civic  
intelligence.

We are especially interested in technology development that is already  
being tested or fielded. We are also interested in theoretical and  
other intellectual work that helps build understanding and support for  
future efforts. In addition to exploring social technology, we must at  
the same time understand and advance the social context of technology,  
including its design, access, use, policy and evaluation, as well as  
intellectual frameworks and perspectives that inform technological as  
well as social innovation including requirements, case studies,  
critique and self-reflection, and infrastructures for future work.

DIAC-08 combines CPSR's 11th DIAC symposium with the third Conference  
on Online Deliberation. The joint conference is intended to provide a  
platform and a forum for highlighting socio-technological  
opportunities, challenges, and pitfalls in the area of community and  
civic action. Technology enhanced community action ranges from  
informal communities of practice to democratic governance of formal  
organizations to large social movements.

The DIAC symposia have resulted in six book publications (in addition  
to the proceedings). Although we don't have specific plans at this  
time, we are hoping to publish our seventh book based on this event.

Thanks!  We hope youíll join us in Berkeley this June.

Doug Schuler
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http://www.publicsphereproject.org/events/diac08/
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Tom Erickson
http://www.visi.com/~snowfall/




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