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CALL FOR PAPERS
  E-Participation and E-Citizenship Minitrack

HAWAII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SYSTEM SCIENCES (HICSS-42)
  January 5-8, 2009
  Hilton Waikoloa Resort, Big Island, Hawaii

Chairs:
  Scott Robertson, University of Hawaii, [log in to unmask]
  Sara Eriksén,  Blekinge Institute of Technology, [log in to unmask]
  Thomas Hora, Claremont Graduate University, [log in to unmask]

Conference website: http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu/
Minitrack website: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~scottpr/hicss42/
CFP Poster: 
http://www2.hawaii.edu/~scottpr/hicss42/HICSS42_EParticipation_CFP.pdf

MINITRACK DESCRIPTION
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The most important stakeholder in e-Government and e-Democracy systems 
is the citizen. This minitrack focuses on e-Participation, the 
involvement of citizens in the development, use, and evaluation of 
e-Government and e-Democracy systems. According to the European 
Commission, e-Participation involves areas such as e-consultation, 
e-legislation, e-petition and e-deliberation.

Participation of citizens is critical to the democratic process and to 
the effective performance of e-Governmental services and systems. With 
the advent of e-Government, citizen participation also becomes critical 
in the conceptualization, planning, development, implementation, 
evaluation, and reflection phases of application development. 
Unfortunately, the experience and expertise of citizens is often 
minimized in e-Government development contexts. Ignoring the 
perspectives and input of citizens can result in systems that are 
difficult to use, inaccessible to some people, inequitable, ineffective, 
un-trusted, or otherwise not accepted. Deliberative decisions and 
legislation are improved by the participation of citizens in the 
process. Tools for facilitating e-Participation in the development of 
legislation are being developed and evaluated.

As e-Government becomes more ubiquitous, many questions arise about what 
it means to be an e-Citizen, how the concept of citizenship might be 
changing, and how participation in the democratic process and 
democratic/governmental institutions might be influenced.

This minitrack showcases projects in which citizen participation plays a 
significant role and highlights the experience of e-Citizens.

TOPICS INCLUDE (but are not limited to):
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    * Participatory design practice, ethnographic studies, and case 
studies of e-Government and e-Participation applications
    * Empirical observations of use of e-Government and e-Participation 
systems
    * Studies of the impact of e-Government, e-Democracy, and 
e-Participation systems on citizen involvement
    * Social networking and other digital collaborative spaces in the 
context of e-Government and e-Participation
    * Awareness, acceptance, and use of community and regional 
information systems by citizens
    * The experience of the e-Citizen
    * Adoption of e-Government and e-Participation systems
    * Research on use of the internet by political candidates and the 
democratic process online
    * Studies of citizens and democratic processes in virtual worlds
    * Impact and contrasts of e-Voting and e-Participation systems from 
the perspective of citizens
    * Discussion of the universal access requirements of e-Government
    * Ergonomic, human-factors, and HCI-related studies of e-Government, 
and e- Participation applications
    * Accessibility
    * Interaction design, user experience design, and contextual studies 
of e-Government, e-Democracy, and e-Participation systems

Empirical studies are favored and all research paradigms are welcome. 
Multidisciplinary efforts are encouraged. Practice and development 
papers should have a strong theoretical basis or contain principled 
reflections on design.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
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Prospective authors may contact any of the Minitrack Chairs (see above) 
to discuss topics or get feedback on an abstract. Full papers are due by 
June 15. Please consult the HICSS-42 Call for Papers 
(http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu/hicss_42/42callforpapers.htm) for detailed 
instructions.

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