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[ecrea] Participatory Democracy and the Internet

Tue Apr 07 19:58:49 GMT 2009

The Poitou-Charentes Region and Sciences Po, in parternship with the
DEL research network, organize the 5th Europe-America Conference on
"Participatory Democracy and the Internet".
Please find below the programme of this conference which will take
place in Poitiers (France) on May 29, 2009.

Online registration : or

5th Europe =E2=80=93 America Conference
Organized by the Region Poitou-Charentes and Sciences Po
In partnership with the =C2=AB Electronic Democracy =C2=BB Research Network =

May 29th, 2009
Maison de la R=C3=A9gion Poitou-Charentes, Poitiers (France)


In a context of abundant experimentations and projects which seek to =20
improve the citizens=E2=80=99 participation in the policy-making process, =
information and communication technologies (ICTs) offer new =20
opportunities to express opinions and to share decisions.
Various participatory devices using ICTs usually called by the =20
controversial term of =E2=80=9Celectronic democracy=E2=80=9D may refer to, f=
or =20
example, blogs created by citizens, politicians or activists; online =20
consultations; fora or Internet platforms facilitating democratic =20
discussions; electronic voting; e-rulemaking.
In 2009, the 5th edition of the Europe-America conference aims to =20
tackle the issues raised by the various aspects of =E2=80=9Ce-democracy=E2=
=80=9D, with =20
regard, in particular, to participatory democracy practices which are =20
not based on ICT.
Citizens are thus led to talk on topics of common interest through =20
devices which often join offline and online procedures together, at =20
diverse scales (local, regional, national, European and even =20
international level).
On the basis of both experiences of key players in the field of =20
e-democracy and contributions from researchers who have studied =20
e-democracy practices in several countries, three kinds of procedures =20
strongly linked to the decision-making process will be discussed: =20
online participatory budgets, electronic participative assemblies and =20


9h30 - 10h

S=C3=A9gol=C3=A8ne Royal, Pr=C3=A9sident of the Region Poitou-Charentes

Richard Descoings, Director of Sciences Po Paris

10h-11h30 : E-participation: opportunities and challenges

Thierry Vedel,
Centre for Political Research at Sciences Po (CEVIPOF), France
=E2=80=9CIssues about electronic democracy=E2=80=9D

Yanina Welp,
Zentrum f=C3=BCr Demokratie Aarau, University of Z=C3=BCrich, Switzerland
=E2=80=9CNew and old ways of exercising power: ICTs for Democracy in Latin A=

Beno=C3=AEt Thieulin,
La Netscouade, France
=E2=80=9CFrom to WhiteHouse2.0: a meeting between communit=
y =20
organising and social Web=E2=80=9D

Discussant: Yves Sintomer, Marc Bloch Centre, Berlin, Germany

11h45-13h : E-participation in the legislative process

Hille Hinsberg,
Chancellery of the Estonian Republic
=E2=80=9CEngaging citizens in policy-making: e-participation channels in Est=

Manuele Braghero,
Tuscany Region, Italia
=E2=80=9CE-Participation in the legislative process in Tuscany: a guarantee =
of =20
transparency and a method to take good decision=E2=80=9D

Discussant: Laurence Monnoyer-Smith, COSTECH, University of =20
Technology, Compi=C3=A8gne, France

14h30-16h : ICTs within participatory assemblies: 21st century town =20
meetings, e-town meetings

Carolyn Lukensmeyer,
America Speaks, Washington, USA
=E2=80=9CEngaging Citizens in Governance - 21st Century Town Meetings and Be=

Julien Talpin,
Centre on Cultures and Urban Societies, University of Paris 8, France
=E2=80=9CSelecting good arguments? Benefits and limits of deliberation in th=
e =20
Ideal-EU's digital gathering=E2=80=9D

Stefan Sch=C3=A4fers,
King Baudouin Fondation, Brussels, Belgium
=E2=80=9CExperiences with Europe-wide online debates=E2=80=9D

Discussant: G=C3=A9rard Loiseau, CERTOP-CNRS, France

16h15 =E2=80=93 17h45 : Electronic participatory budgeting

Bengt Feil,
TuTech innovation GmbH, Hambourg, Germany
=E2=80=9CGender Mainstreaming in multi-channel Participatory Budgeting=E2=80=

Helvecio Magalhaes,
Planning Secretary of Belo Horizonte's City, Brazil
=E2=80=9CThe digital participatory budget of Belo Horizonte=E2=80=9D

Estelle Charpenay,
Director for participatory democracy in the City of Grigny, France
=E2=80=9CThe online participatory budget of Grigny=E2=80=9D

Discussant: Tiago Peixoto, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Summarization of the meeting, Lo=C3=AFc Blondiaux, CRPS, University of =20
Paris 1, France

Scientific responsible: St=C3=A9phanie Wojcik =20
((stephanie.wojcik /at/, CEDITEC, University of Paris 12 =20

Dr. St=C3=A9phanie Wojcik
Lecturer in communication studies
Department of political and public communication - University of Paris =20
12 Val-de-Marne
80, avenue du G=C3=A9n=C3=A9ral de Gaulle
Immeuble La Pyramide, Floor 4, room 406
94009 Cr=C3=A9teil - France
0033 1 45 17 71 86 (office)
(stephanie.wojcik /at/

Research Network on Electronic Democracy (DEL) :

Nico Carpentier (Phd)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Free University of Brussels
Centre for Studies on Media and Culture (CeMeSO)
Pleinlaan 2 - B-1050 Brussels - Belgium
T: ++ 32 (0)2-629.18.56
F: ++ 32 (0)2-629.36.84
Office: 5B.401a
European Communication Research and Education Association
E-mail: (Nico.Carpentier /at/
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