This issue comprises the best papers of the CeDEM 15 conference in May 2015 in Krems, Austria.
We are pleased to include the keynotes by Shauneen Furlong and Alon Peled held at the CeDEM15 Conference at Danube University Krems, research papers from CeDEM and a paper submitted to the JeDEM open submission system.
With the widespread adoption of social media in many Asian societies, these platforms are increasingly used in a variety of ways to promote civic and political aims but such uses are shaped by various stakeholders and contexts of use. In this special issue, four papers on Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and China-Australia present highly contextualized assessments of the role of social media in civic and political life in Asia.
Additionally, the issue presents ongoing research paper submissions to JeDEM that made it through the double-blind peer review process.
This 3rd issue of JeDEM 2014 presents ongoing submissions. Papers range from the analysis of the perception of political candidates’ personality or character traits in social media and the role this may play in an electoral process, a comparison of ‘open government’ definitions, and a case study of the EU project MyUniversity that involved 13 European universities.
Nowadays, when citizens, activists and participants in social movements want to voice their opinions and negotiate their political identities they increasingly do so in hybrid media environments that are particularly suitable for mobilisation, organisation and discussion. With a massive increase in online social networking, digital infrastructures are lowering the threshold for political involvement. This, in turn, is considerably shifting the power dynamics of participation.
On the one hand we are witnessing how increasing access to the internet has resulted in an array of new strategies and success stories for contemporary activism, in particular with regards to mobilisation. On the other hand, we are still groping in the dark when it comes to understanding the place of digital participatory activities in the shifting landscapes of power in late modernity. For this special issue of JeDEM, we invite scholarly research to shed light on the issues of power and participation online.
This issue is based on the special call "Open Government and open information". Guest Editors: Olivier Glassey (Lausanne); Theresa Pardo (New York), Efthimios Tambouris (Macedonia).
The special issue covers topics such as the transformation of governments and politics through Open Government, public policies for open information and collaboration, the changing relation between the citizen and the state, the challenges, hurdles and risks of Open Data and open information, governmentality, data privacy and security.
This issue presents updated and extended papers from the conference on eDemocracy, EDEM10 based on the best reviewer scores together with the invited keynote papers.
This issue was created in cooperation with PEP-NET, the Pan European eParticipation Network. Guest Editors: Rolf Luehrs and Francesco Molinari.