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[liberationtech] CFP: OD2010 - Fourth International Conference on Online Deliberation 6/30-7/2/2010

Todd Davies davies at
Tue Jan 26 15:46:25 PST 2010


Fourth International Conference on
Online Deliberation (OD2010)

30 June  2 July, 2010

Leeds, UK

Sponsored by: The University of Leeds, the Dipartimento di Informatica e 
Comunicazione Universit degli Studi di Milano, and the Public Sphere Project. 
discuss specific advances in online deliberation from a number of different 
disciplinary perspectives.

The widespread diffusion of the Internet and a growing trend towards 
democratisation worldwide have encouraged new modes, projects and visions of 
citizen participation in decision making and governance.

OD2010 aims to bring together researchers, developers and practitioners from a 
wide range of academic and applied backgrounds to provide a unique opportunity 
to better understand the notion of deliberation in a virtual environment and to 
discuss specific advances in online deliberation from a number of different 
disciplinary perspectives.

The conference is aimed at those who wish to update themselves on recent 
developments in online deliberation, understand how other groups are applying 
the tools and techniques and exchange ideas with leading international experts.

OD2010 follows the traditions of previous high-level scientific conferences. It 
is organized by key experts in the field and is supported by a 
multidisciplinary programme committee. This is the first time the conference 
has been held outside the USA.

The fourth OD conference focuses on, but is not limited to, the following 

     * current research on online deliberation;
     * research challenges which deliberation, and in particular online 
deliberation, pose for researchers, governments, communities and citizens;
     * socio-technical design of online deliberative spaces;
     * links between theories of deliberative democracy with experience with 
online deliberation;
     * descriptions of tools and techniques that are already being tested or 
     * deliberative platforms using novel or unusual settings, technology or 
     * experiences and findings related to relevant technological theories (such 
as Web 2.0) and/or relevant social theories of deliberation and governance 
(such as public sphere, government 2.0 and civic intelligence); and
     * case studies in applying and evaluating online deliberation in various 
formal and informal engagement domains.

Special Issue of Journal of Information Technology & Politics

Conference participants are invited to submit their papers to a peer-review 
process for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Information 
Technology & Politics ( connected with the conference. The special 
issue will focus on the development of online deliberation research and the 
future directions of the field. 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 10 pages. 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, objectives, examples of testing and application and, if possible, 
a URL where the technology can be viewed.


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.

All submissions must be made via the conference submission system web site. 
Submissions should be written in English and foreign speakers are encouraged to 
have their submissions reviewed for language prior to submission. Submissions 
should be formatted using 11 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 (note new deadlines)

January 1, 2010		Submission system available
March 1, 2010		Early registration begins
March 1, 2010		Research paper submissions due
March 1, 2010		Exploratory papers due
March 1, 2010		Technology Demonstrators & Panel proposals due
March 31, 2010		Notices of paper acceptances
May 1, 2010		Completed research and exploratory papers due
May 1, 2010		Late registration begins
June 30-July 2, 2010	OD 2010

Conference Chairs

Stephen Coleman, Centre for Digital Citizenship, University of Leeds, UK
Ann Macintosh, Centre for Digital Citizenship, University of Leeds, UK
Fiorella De Cindio, Dipartimento di Informatica e Comunicazione, Universit 
degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Organising Chairs

Giles Moss, Deputy Director Centre for Digital Citizenship, University of 
Leeds, UK
Cristian Peraboni, Dipartimento di Informatica e Comunicazione, Universit degli 
Studi di Milano, Italy

Previous Conference Chairs and on-going supporters

Robert Cavalier, Department of Philosophy and Digital Media Lab, Carnegie 
Mellon University, USA
Todd Davies, Symbolic Systems Program, Stanford University, USA
Douglas Schuler, The Evergreen State College, and The Public Sphere Project, 
Peter Shane, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University and Knight 
Commission on the Internet Needs of Communities in a Democracy, USA

Programme Committee

Simon Buckingham-Shum, Open University, UK
Robert Cavalier, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Andrew Chadwick, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Fiorella De Cindio, Universit degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Steven Clift,
Stephen Coleman, University of Leeds, UK
Clelia Colombo, Generalitat of Catalonia, Spain
Todd Davies, Stanford University, USA
Peter Day, University of Brighton, UK
Simon Delakorda, Institute of Ecology, Slovenia
Thomas Erickson, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA
Marcus Foth, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Tom Gordon, Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communications Systems (FOKUS), 
Mary Griffiths, University of Adelaide, Australia
Andrea Kavanaugh, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
Brian Loader, University of York, UK
Euripides Loukis, University of the Aegean, Greece
Ann Macintosh, University of Leeds, UK
Giles Moss, University of Leeds, UK
David Osimo,
Cristian Peraboni, Universit degli Studi di Milano, Italy
David Price, Debategraph, UK
Paul Resnick, University of Michigan, USA
Warren Sack, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
Peter Shane, The Ohio State University, USA
Douglas Schuler, The Evergreen State College, and The Public Sphere Project, 
Stuart Shulman, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Jennifer Stromer-Galley, University at Albany, USA
Peter van den Besselaar, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Terry Winograd, Stanford University, USA
Scott Wright, University of East Anglia, UK

For further information please email: ics-conferences at

OD2010 website:

Links to previous OD conferences:

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