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[ecrea] conference: Deliberation and Decision Making. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Civic Tech

Fri Dec 30 11:49:39 GMT 2016

On behalf of organizers I would like to invite you to the conference "Deliberation and Decision Making. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Civic Tech" that will take place in June 23-24, 2017 at the University of Singapore.

The DDM 2017 conference will bring together researchers and practitioners who focus on deliberation and decision making – in individuals, groups, organizations, communities, governments, and machines. For historical, institutional, and other reasons, deliberation and decision making researchers have been separated into different academic enclaves, sometimes debating, but often talking past each other across disciplinary divides. Different definitions, assumptions, and methodologies have been getting in the way of mutual understanding and knowledge accumulation. This has not served the world of practice very well. The DDM aims to address disciplinary divisions by inviting researchers in media and communication studies, computer science, information science, sociology, psychology, political science and more. The conference participants will explore, analyse and reflect on theoretical and practical advances in DDM to find common ground. The DDM 2017 conference focuses on, but is not limited to, the following topics: • links between theories of collective decision making and technologies; • current research on civic techs that enable deliberation and decision making; challenges posed for researchers, governments, communities and citizens in applying technologies for civic purposes; • civic tech interventions using novel settings, modes or approaches; descriptions of tools and techniques that are already being tested or fielded; case studies in applying and evaluating civic tech in various formal and informal engagement domains.

Guidelines for papers and other submissions The conference allows for four distinct types of submissions: 1. Research papers 2. Exploratory papers on ongoing research and innovative projects 3. Technology demonstrators 4. Panels on pertinent issues Research papers These papers should have a strong focus on scientific rigour and may be a maximum of 20 pages (excluding references, tables/figures, and appendix). Papers in this track will be peer reviewed for rigour, relevance, originality and clarity of presentation. Abstracts or incomplete papers will not be accepted.
Exploratory papers
These papers describe novel concepts, works-in-progress, reflections, manifestos or other ideas and issues that are not currently suitable for a complete research paper. They may be a maximum of 5 pages. Papers in this section will also be peer reviewed, but the focus is on relevance more than scientific rigour.

Technology demonstrators Proposals for technology demonstrators (two pages) should include a description of the demo, objectives, examples of testing and application and, if possible, a URL where the technology can be viewed.

Panels Proposals for panels (two pages) should include motivation, objectives, expected outcomes, approach to audience interaction and panel members. Panels are currently planned to be 1.5 hours long. Panels proposal will also be peer reviewed. All submissions must be made via the conference submission system web site (open on January 1, 2017): Submissions should be written in English and non-English speakers are encouraged to have their submissions reviewed for language prior to submission. Submissions should be formatted using 12 point Times-Roman font on A4 sized paper. Accepted research and exploratory papers should be revised according to reviewer comments and resubmitted by the deadline.

Important Dates
January 1, 2017  Submission system available
March 15, 2017  Research papers & panel proposals due
March 30, 2017  Exploratory papers & technology demonstrators due
April 30, 2017  Notices of acceptances
May 1, 2017  Registration begins
May 30, 2017  Revised research and exploratory papers due
June 23–24, 2017  Conference

Publication options Option 1: Both research papers and exploratory papers are eligible for inclusion in a conference proceeding. Option 2: Research papers are eligible for inclusion in a journal special issue. A further selection process will be implemented. Sponsored by:
Ministry of Education of Singapore through National University of Singapore

Local Chairs:
Weiyu Zhang, Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore Simon Perrault, Yale-NUS, National University of Singapore Research Papers and Panels Chairs: Anna Przybylska, Center for Deliberation, Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw, Poland Todd Davies, Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University, USA Exploratory Papers and Technology Demonstrators Chairs: Lu Xiao, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, USA Tatsuro Sakano, Department of Social Engineering, Tokyo Technical University, Japan
 Contact Details:
(2017ddm /at/
Anna Przybylska
Centre for Deliberation
Institute of Sociology
University of Warsaw

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