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           CFP: Workshop on Government and Citizen Engagement


                          in conjunction with
  5th International Conference on Communities & Technologies (C&T 2011)
             29 June - 2 July 2011, Brisbane, Australia

            Submission Deadline: April 8, 2011 *extended*

The trend towards more user contributions on the web and an increased 
interest in e.g. social media technology, from both governments and 
citizens, leads to new potentials and challenges in designing for 
citizen-government interactions.

In the workshop we will look at both of these sides: citizen 
empowerment as well as governments as collaborators in these 
interactions. Of course, these ideas are not new. However, while the 
Internet has often been praised as a means to empower citizens in 
democracies, research has shown that merely increasing the available 
amount of information about public policy does not lead to increased 
democratic engagement.

For several years now, governments have recognized the potential of the 
Web 2.0 to bring  citizens and their governments closer together. 
Indeed, the social web holds the potential of supporting a better 
two-way communication where citizens are engaged through public 
consultations, contributing to the design of government policies. The 
question is what role governments have to play in this development. How 
do we best support the notion of government as a collaborator that is 
more accountable, responsive and transparent?

In the workshop we wish to address challenges such as how to render 
information more usable by citizens, how to strengthen citizen 
influence through citizen-citizen collaboration, how to bridge the gap 
between citizen deliberation and concrete citizen influence on 
democratic issues,  and how to promote a better two-way communication 
between government and citizens, building citizen communities that are 
facilitated by government to discuss and improve government services.

Participants are encouraged to present and demonstrate concrete 
examples of citizen-government interaction design cases during the 
workshop. We will also have interactive discussions to identify the 
predominant challenges and opportunities in this area. It is our goal 
that the workshop will lead to new insights on a conceptual level, as 
well as new ideas for future research and design efforts regarding 
citizen empowerment and governments as collaborators in 
citizen-government interactions.

For more information please visit:

Important Dates
- Submission of position and experience papers		April  8, 2011
- Notifications of acceptance				April 30, 2011
- Final papers due					  May 27, 2011
- Workshop in Brisbane, Australia			 June 30, 2011

Topics of Interest
- Data Sharing between Government and Citizens
- Citizen Influence on Policy-Making Processes
- Citizen-Citizen and Citizen-Government Collaboration and Community
  Support through Web 2.0 Tools
- Boundary Objects in Citizen-Government Collaboration
- Situating Citizen Deliberation
- Introduction of Social Media into Government Agencies
- Grassroots Approaches and Activism
- Inclusion and Accessibility
- Designing for Local Conditions
- Privacy, Anonymity and Public Opinions

Author Guidelines and Submission
Workshop contributions are expected in the form of papers addressing
previous experiences and, for example, case studies (6-8 pages), or
position papers on the opportunities and challenges ahead (3-4 pages).
Contributions should be formatted according to the ECSCW/Springer
template (get Word, PDF, and LaTeX templates from the website).
Submissions must not be anonymous and will be reviewed by the

All submissions will be handled via eMail. The documents should be 
submitted in PDF format to [log in to unmask] If your submission 
contains additional material (such as a video), then everything should 
be packed in one ZIP file. If you have any questions, please email the 
workshop's organizers.

The workshop proceedings will be published in the International Reports
on Socio-Informatics (IRSI) (ISSN 1861-4280) after the workshop
(post-proceedings). A draft version will be made available to the
participants prior to the workshop. Depending on the quality of
submissions, we may propose to edit a Special Issue for a journal as a
follow-up event.

This full-day workshop aims to bring together passionate researchers 
and practitioners in a shared forum to debate important issues emerging 
in this rapidly evolving field. Participants are required to submit 
position papers, or concrete design cases. Participants will be asked 
to actively prepare and participate in the workshop. Apart from 
academia, we highly encourage contributions from a wide audience, e.g. 
social media design professionals and government.

- Scott Anderson, Human Services Portfolio Communication Division
- Nikolaj Gandrup Borchorst, Aarhus University
- Susanne B°dker, Aarhus University
- Nathalie Colineau, CSIRO
- Amanda Dennett, Human Services Portfolio Communication Division
- Matthias Korn, Aarhus University
- CÚcile Paris, CSIRO

Matthias Korn, Ph.D. Fellow
Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University
Phone: +45 8942 5640	Mobile: +45 6172 6248
Office: Hopper-117		Mail: [log in to unmask]

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