Fourth International Conference on
Online Deliberation (OD2010)
30 June 2 July, 2010
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
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
* 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
* descriptions of tools and techniques that are already being tested or
* deliberative platforms using novel or unusual settings, technology or
* 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
March 14, 2010 Notices of paper acceptances
April 12, 2010 Completed research and exploratory
May 1, 2010 Late registration begins
June 30 July 2 OD 2010
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
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
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,
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