Reading Development

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Technology and Citizen Engagement: Friend or Foe?


Rio Grande do Sul Participatory Budgeting Voting System (2014) Rio Grande do Sul Participatory Budgeting Voting System (2014)

Within the open government debate, there is growing interest in the role of technology in citizen engagement. However, as interest in the subject grows, so does the superficiality of the conversations that follow. While the number of citizen engagement and technology events is increasing, the opportunities for in-depth conversations on the subject do not seem to be increasing at the same rate.

This is why, a few weeks ago, I was pleased to visit the University of Westminster for a kick-off talk on “Technology and Participation: Friend or Foe?”, organized by Involve and the Centre for the Study of Democracy (Westminster). It was a pleasure to start a conversation with a group that was willing to engage in a longer and more detailed conversation on the subject.

My talk covered a number of issues that have been keeping me busy…

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This entry was posted on Thursday, 7 August 2014 by in Politics and rights.

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