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Call for Papers


A special issue of Interacting with Computers


We invite contributions to a special issue of the journal Interacting with Computers examining the challenges of designing systems to
support democractic participation in civil society.

Democratic participation is not merely an issue of electronic voting, but also of campaigning, organising and participation in policy
formation through a wide variety of groups. Such organisations may be formally constituted, e.g. trade-unions, political parties, voluntary
groups or campaigning 'non-governmental organisations' (NGOs), or may be informal collections of individuals and organisations conducting
conversations and sharing electronic material e.g. email petitions, weblogs and satirical emails such as those circulated opposing the war
in Iraq.

This special issue of Interacting with Computers  will explore how existing knowledge of human computer interaction (HCI) and of the use of
information & communication technologies (ICT) can be applied by such groups, and what questions such groups pose for our emerging
understanding of HCI and information systems.


*       Full paper submission: 20th Feb 2004

*       Response to authors 16th April  2004

*       Final revisions due 21st May 2004

*       Planned publication: November 2004


Papers should be submitted by email to the editors  ([log in to unmask] / [log in to unmask] )

Full details of the call and instructions for authors are available from: http://www.shu.ac.uk/schools/cms/teaching/amd/CivilSociety

For more information contact:
Andy Dearden ([log in to unmask])
Steve Walker ([log in to unmask])

Andy Dearden
School of Computing and Management Sciences
Sheffield Hallam University
S1 1WB

Tel: +44 (0)114 225 2916
Fax: +44 (0)114 225 3161
Web: http://www.shu.ac.uk/schools/cms/teaching/amd <http://www.shu.ac.uk/schools/cms/teaching/amd>