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Fourth International Conference on
Online Deliberation (OD2010)

30 June  2 July, 2010

Leeds, UK

Sponsored by: The Institute of Communications Studies at the University of 
Leeds, Dipartimento di Informatica e Comunicazione Universit degli Studi di 
Milano and the Public Sphere Project.

The widespread diffusion of the Internet and a growing trend towards 
democratisation worldwide have encouraged new modes, projects and visions of 
citizen participation in decision making and governance.

OD2010 aims to bring together researchers, developers and practitioners from a 
wide range of academic and applied backgrounds to provide a unique opportunity 
to better understand the notion of deliberation in a virtual environment and to 
discuss specific advances in online deliberation from a number of different 
disciplinary perspectives.

The conference is aimed at those who wish to update themselves on recent 
developments in online deliberation, understand how other groups are applying 
the tools and techniques and exchange ideas with leading international experts.

OD2010 follows the traditions of previous high-level scientific conferences. It 
is organized by key experts in the field and is supported by a 
multidisciplinary programme committee. This is the first time the conference 
has been held outside the USA.

The fourth OD conference focuses on, but is not limited to, the following 
topics:

     * current research on online deliberation;
     * research challenges which deliberation, and in particular online 
deliberation, pose for researchers, governments, communities and citizens;
     * socio-technical design of online deliberative spaces;
     * links between theories of deliberative democracy with experience with 
online deliberation;
     * descriptions of tools and techniques that are already being tested or 
fielded;
     * deliberative platforms using novel or unusual settings, technology or 
approaches;
     * experiences and findings related to relevant technological theories (such 
as Web 2.0) and/or relevant social theories of deliberation and governance 
(such as public sphere, government 2.0 and civic intelligence); and
     * case studies in applying and evaluating online deliberation in various 
formal and informal engagement domains.

Guidelines for papers and other submissions

The conference allows for four distinct types of submissions:

    1. Research papers
    2. Exploratory papers on ongoing research and innovative projects
    3. Technology demonstrators
    4. Panels on pertinent issues

Research papers
These papers should have a strong focus on scientific rigour and may be a 
maximum of 10 pages. Papers in this track will be peer reviewed for rigour, 
relevance, originality and clarity of presentation. Abstracts or incomplete 
papers will not be accepted.

Exploratory papers
These papers describe novel concepts, works-in-progress, reflections, 
manifestos or other ideas and issues that are not currently suitable for a 
complete research paper. They may be a maximum of 5 pages. Papers in this 
section will also be peer reviewed, but the focus is on relevance more than 
scientific rigour.

Technology Demonstrators
Proposals for technology demonstrators (two pages) should include a 
description, objectives, examples of testing and application and, if possible, 
a URL where the technology can be viewed.

Panels
Proposals for panels (two pages) should include motivation, objectives, 
expected outcomes, approach to audience interaction and panel members. Panels 
are currently planned to be 1.5 hours long.

All submissions must be made via the conference submission system web site. 
Submissions should be written in English and foreign speakers are encouraged to 
have their submissions reviewed for language prior to submission. Submissions 
should be formatted using 11 point Times-Roman font on A4 sized paper. Accepted 
research and exploratory papers should be revised according to reviewer 
comments and resubmitted by the deadline.

Important Dates

January 1 2010                       Submission system available
January 1, 2010                      Early registration begins
February 14, 2010                  Research paper submissions due
February 21, 2010                  Exploratory papers due
March1, 2010                         Technology Demonstrators & Panel proposals 
due
March 14, 2010                       Notices of paper acceptances
April 12, 2010                          Completed research and exploratory 
papers due
May 1, 2010                            Late registration begins

June 30  July 2                     OD 2010

Conference Chairs:

Stephen Coleman and Ann Macintosh, Centre for Digital Citizenship, University 
of Leeds, UK.

Fiorella De Cindio, Dipartimento di Informatica e Comunicazione Universit degli 
Studi di Milano, Italy


Organising Chairs:

Giles Moss, Deputy Director Centre for Digital Citizenship, University of Leeds

Cristian Peraboni, Dipartimento di Informatica e Comunicazione Universit degli 
Studi di Milano


Previous Conference Chairs and on-going supporters:

Robert Cavalier, Department of Philosophy and Digital Media Lab, Carnegie 
Mellon University

Todd Davies, Symbolic Systems Program, Stanford University, USA

Douglas Schuler, The Evergreen State College, and The Public Sphere Project

Peter Shane, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University and Knight 
Commission on the Internet Needs of Communities in a Democracy,


Contact Details

For further information please email: [log in to unmask]

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