Impressions from Re-publica and Social Innovation Camp

14-04-2008 – Filed under activismcommunicationconferencee-democracyopen-sourceparticipationpoliticsprivacyrepublicasicamp08social-innovation

The German vs. the British websphere Well, a week after attending both, the Social Innovation Camp (sicamp08) and re-publica, I finally post my reflections on these events. It was great to visit these two events, listen to numerous interesting presentations at re-publica, and grasp the contagious spirit of social innovation…

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Online privacy in Germany is over

02-01-2008 – Filed under activismpoliticsprivacy

This blog post veers a little bit from my usual topics, but in my opinion it is still quite important. Since January 1st, Germany has had a new online surveillance law. The result is an unfortunate wide scale intervention in the privacy of German citizens. Once again, it is another…

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Social software for social change

24-12-2007 – Filed under activismcampaigningcivil-societye-democracyparticipationpolitics

Charles Leadbeater, well known for his book We Think, has released an interesting paper called “Social Software for Social Change.” The paper presents rich examples about civic action through the web and its impact on democracy. With the advice from Dan Mcquillan, Leadbeater greatly links different forms of activism and…

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Local blogs for politics, media and activism

22-08-2007 – Filed under activismblogginge-democracymedianetworkpolitics

I found two very interesting articles recently which describe how politics, activism and media are influenced by the web. Joe Garofoli from the San Fransisco Chronicle wrote the article “Local blogs are key to future of politics,” reporting from the Yearly Kos convention. He describes how local politics are already…

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E-democracy: participation next? (2) Germany

13-08-2007 – Filed under activismlinkscivil-societye-democracyparticipationpoliticsunconference

Overview First of all, I would like to thank Jan Amos and and Rolf Lührs for their comments. Yes, I agree that in Germany some initiatives around e-democracy have been taken (e.g. e-petition in the German parliament), however, in comparison to German’s vibrant political life, its web is politically inactive….

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E-democracy: participation next? (1)

30-07-2007 – Filed under activismknowledge-managementcivil-societye-democracyparticipationpolitics

The concept of e-democracy dates from the early days of Internet. To my understanding, it embraces everything that connects political processes and the web. Back in the 90s high promises were linked to the web and its implications for democracy and participation. One early example is the Electronic Town Hall,…

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Weekly links July (1): politics and the web

02-07-2007 – Filed under linkspolitics

This weeks links are all about politics and the web. It is fascinating to see how the latest developments of social media and community driven websites slowly hit arena or bypass the government as Jonathan Freedland from the Guardian says. The internet will revolutionise the very meaning of politics Comment…

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An overview on Egyptian bloggers and activism

17-06-2007 – Filed under activismICT4Dbloggingcivil-societynetworkpolitics

In the arab region activists use sophisticated and creative blogs and tools to network nationally and internationally and to tackle issues such as human rights, freedom of speech and democracy. Especially in Egypt, where the blogosphere is very vibrant, in contrary to European political bloggers. On Egybloggers more than 320…

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