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[liberationtech] Fwd: mySociety: Our latest research: citizen engagement in New Zealand and Australia

Steven Clift clift at e-democracy.org
Fri Feb 19 08:34:01 PST 2016


Raising new voices, all voices, inclusively with digital engagement is the
#1 unaddressed issue by the civic tech movement in my view.

It was great to learn about this new research:

https://www.mysociety.org/research/novel-approaches-to-online-citizen-engagement-new-zealand-and-australia/

The hard truth is that foundation investments thus far are mostly
empowering the kinds of people who have traditional already shown up
despite their foundation's inclusion/equity missions. Hopefully this will
change. (On the venture funded commercial side, the equation is even worse
as services focus on those willing to pay (political interests seeking
power/donations) or those more attractive to advertisers (e.g. home owners
joining gated community style neighborhood sites with policies that broadly
limit political organizing/campaigning.)

Steven Clift
E-Democracy.org

P.S. Speaking of reaching under-represented groups with civic tech - see
http://e-democracy.org/inclusion - specifically our survey results
http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/2610 and in-depth report on our early
work with the Somali community in Minneapolis and others:
http://e-democracy.org/evaluation


Date: Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 6:10 AM
Subject: mySociety: Our latest research: citizen engagement in New Zealand
and Australia


The latest paper from our Head of Research, Dr Rebecca Rumbul
<http://ift.tt/1DuVgn0>, is available for download.

Drawing on interviews with 40 individuals in government and civil society,
this research strives to answer the question: *how do government and civil
society initiatives and innovations in New Zealand and Australia attempt to
reduce digital exclusion amongst digitally under-represented user-groups?*

Rebecca pulls out the best practices from these two countries, and looks at
how they could be replicated here. The result is four strong
recommendations for the UK’s policymakers.

Download the research now <http://ift.tt/1Kum6VU>.
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