In DEMO-net, practitioners and leading European research groups from various disciplines collaborated over more than three years to advance research, development and application in the field of electronic participation.
The ITA’s main contributions were the development of an evaluation framework and an online-training course, as well as advising the Council of Europe on its recommendation on e-democracy. During a “DemoLAB”, an event organised by the Austrian Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (BMUKK), we discussed themes for a democratic future together with high-school students.
DEMO_net, an EU-funded network of excellence (6th Framework Programme) brought together leading researchers and practitioners from 20 European institutions. The goal was to integrate and advance the fragmented research in the strategic field of e-participation and to support its practical application.
The basis was a common definition of e-participation: “E-participation describes efforts to broaden and deepen political participation by enabling citizens to connect with one another and with their elected representatives and governments using information and communication technologies (ICTs)”.
04/2006 - 07/2009