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SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

E-Participation and E-Citizenship Minitrack
Digital Government Track at HICSS-42

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

Minitrack website: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~scottpr/hicss42/
**Full paper deadline: June 15, 2008

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

**Contact any of the Minitrack Chairs early to discuss topics or get 
feedback on an abstract.

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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http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu/hicss_42/42callforpapers.htm

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