JeDEM - eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government 2020-12-18T08:40:20-08:00 Noella Edelmann & Judith Schossböck (Managing Editors) Open Journal Systems <p>The eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (JeDEM) is an Open Access e-journal offering a rigorous double-blind peer-review. Submitting to and publishing in JeDEM is free of charge (no processing charges or APCs).</p> <p>The journal aims to bridge innovative, insightful and stimulating research, testing and findings with practice and the work conducted by governments, NPOs, NGOs and professionals. JeDEM encourages articles which come from different disciplines or adopt an interdisciplinary approach, including eVoting, ePolitics, eSociety, business IT, applied computer gaming and simulation, cyberpsychology, usability, decision sciences, marketing, economics, psychology, sociology, media studies, communication studies, political science, philosophy, law, policy, legislation, and ethics. JeDEM provides up-to-date articles with ideas to be discussed, used and implemented, whilst at the same time also being a repository of knowledge. We encourage a diversity of methods and theoretical lenses, including critical studies in these thematic fields.</p> <p>We publish theoretical, practical and empirical research in the categories research papers, invited papers, project descriptions and reflections. Authors can submit to JeDEM as a response to a special issue call for papers or as an ongoing submission. For publication sections and their policies as well as information on indexing see the section <a title="About the Journal" href="" target="_self">About the Journal</a>.</p> <p><strong>What are the main benefits of publishing with JeDEM?</strong></p> <ul> <li class="show">Our journal is truly open access: Publishing and reading is free of charge.</li> <li class="show">JeDEM publishes a variety of publications: ongoing and completed research articles are selected after a rigorous blind peer review by experts in the field. We also publish reflections and project descriptions.</li> <li class="show">JeDEM is indexed with <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">EBSCO</a>, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DOAJ</a>, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Google scholar</a>, <a href="">Scopus</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Public Knowledge Project metadata harvester</a>. Each article is identified with a <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DOI (Digital Object Identifier). </a></li> <li class="show">Due to the online publishing format, our publication process is comparably quicker than the one of traditional journals.</li> <li class="show">Papers published as articles that are not peer-reviewed can be extended and re-used for further publication, e.g. as regular peer-reviewed journal article.</li> </ul> Editorial JeDEM Vol. 12, No. 2 (2020) 2020-12-12T07:29:55-08:00 Judith Schossboeck Noella Edelmann <p>The editorial from managing editors comprises information on the published articles as well as new information regarding the activities around JeDEM.</p> 2020-12-18T00:00:00-08:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Judith Schossboeck; Noella Edelmann Connecting Environmental Action to E-participation Design for Young People 2020-05-17T12:55:59-07:00 Stefano De Paoli Paula Forbes <p>The paper offers a conceptual analysis and a case study research on the design of e-participation in environmental policy-making for young people. This is achieved by connecting the concept of environmental action with e-participation design. Through a literature review, four core dimensions of environmental action for young people are identified: ownership, participation, stakes in the future and experience. Through a case study of research conducted for an applied project aimed at designing and piloting a novel e-participation solution, the paper shows how young people, implicitly see the connections between these four dimensions of environmental action and the e-participation process. The dimensions of environmental action have, then been used as the basis for co-creation activities and for a subsequent evaluation of e-participation. The results support the position that environmental action can underpin the design and can increase e-participation capacity in environmental policy-making for young people.</p> 2020-12-18T00:00:00-08:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Stefano De Paoli, Paula Forbes Cracking the Political Code: The Case of E-participation in Colombia 2020-06-21T23:20:51-07:00 César Abusleme <p>Theory says that, in normal circumstances, politicians do not have many incentives to make the policy process more democratic, and that these political dynamics may be embedded into the enactment of technology. This work will try to determine if this holds true in the case of Urna de Cristal, a Colombian e-participation scheme. The nation-wide projects implemented by this programme in 2017 are analysed using three sets of political criteria—inclusion, participation, and deliberation—drawn from an evaluation framework of centralized cross-platform approaches to social media exploitation by government agencies (Ferro et al. 2013). The evidence suggests that the enactment of Urna de Cristal’s projects reflected the Colombian government’s intention of preventing the policy process from becoming more participatory and deliberative. Some data suggests the government tried to render this process more inclusive. Further research on e-participation should consider the political complexity of technology enactment in the public sector.</p> 2020-12-18T00:00:00-08:00 Copyright (c) 2020 César Abusleme Improving Monitoring and Evaluation in the Civic Tech Ecosystem 2020-05-26T08:47:46-07:00 Merlin Chatwin John Mayne <p>For nearly a decade, civic tech stakeholders have been creating technology-supported solutions to civic challenges. Globally, the civic tech movement is rapidly professionalizing but has a limited history of documenting evidence of successes and challenges. Robust monitoring and evaluation in the civic tech ecosystem are necessary to create a foundation of knowledge for future initiatives. Monitoring plays a key role in improving services, pivoting approaches and guiding more efficient resource allocation. Evaluation highlights what is working, what is not working, and critically, why? In a sector that merges data, design and technology with user-centred principles, monitoring and evaluation in the civic tech ecosystem have several inherent challenges. This paper suggests that a theory-based evaluation approach called Contribution Analysis has the necessary sophistication and agility to support comprehensive monitoring and evaluation to support the growth and sustainability of the movement. This paper applies the early steps of contribution analysis to two Canadian civic tech projects to demonstrate its feasibility for civic tech.</p> 2020-12-18T00:00:00-08:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Merlin Chatwin Is Accessibility of Internet Financial Reporting Evolving Towards More Compliance of Disclosure? 2020-08-24T14:50:16-07:00 Anissa Windarti <p>Financial transparency is a demand of the community in the current era of information disclosure. Internet Financial Reporting (IFR) through e-government is the most effective media in disseminating information to the public. The purpose of this article is to analyze the effect of financial performance on compliance with financial information disclosure through accessibility of Internet Financial Reporting as moderating. The sample is determined by purposive sampling technique with the requirement that having e-government and website that can be accessed until June 2018 and has a Financial Report for 2015-2016. The collected data is analyzed by using Moderated Regression Analysis. The finding is financial performance (efficiency ratios, effectiveness ratios, routine expenditure ratios and development expenditure ratios) affected the compliance of financial information disclosures. The results of the Moderated Regression Analysis (MRA) also show that IFR accessibility variables are moderating variables between financial performance to compliance with financial information disclosures. This research provides empirical data about the relevance of IFR accessibility evolving towards more compliance of disclosure through e-government websites.</p> 2020-12-18T00:00:00-08:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Anissa Windarti