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2008 Conference on Online Deliberation

Written by Tim Erickson

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A couple of years ago, I attended the Second (2005) Conference on Online Deliberation: Design, Research, and Practice at Standford University. Of all the conferences I’ve been to in the last few years, this was the most academic of them all – and I loved it. I really enjoyed the mix of academic papers and discussions about real world projects, with folks who I’ve know for years and others I’d long been hoping to meet.

This year, through some kind of clerical mistake, I was asked to serve on the program committee for the 3rd Conference on Online Deliberation.

However it was that I ended up on the committee, I’m honored to have my name on this list of prestigious academics and practitioners of online deliberation.

    Here is the latest news about the conference:

Tools for Participation: Collaboration, Deliberation, and Decision Support – Conference on Online Deliberation

http://www.publicsphereproject.org/events/diac08/

Sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and UC Berkeley School of Information, University of California (Berkeley, California, USA)

June 26 – 29, 2008

It has been twenty-one years since the DIAC Symposium for exploring the Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing was first convened in Seattle.

Now, in the early days of the 21st century humankind faces challenges of even greater proportions than those perceived in 1987. The ability of people around the world to discuss, make decisions, and take action collaboratively is critical to addressing these challenges. Unfortunately, this fact is rarely acknowledged or promoted by decision-makers.

Researchers, scholars, activists, advocates, artists, educators, technologists, designers, students, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, journalists and citizens are rising to these challenges in many ways, including the development of new communication technologies that build on the opportunities afforded by the Internet and other new (as well as old) media.

DIAC-2008 combines CPSR’s 11th DIAC symposium with the third Conference on Online Deliberation. The joint conference is intended to provide a platform and a forum for highlighting socio-technological opportunities, challenges, and pitfalls in the area of community and civic action.

In addition to the wide range of planned events there will be extensive opportunities for collegial discussion at the conference. Register now for an innovative and compelling exploration of the future of meaningful social participation. We have kept registration fees low to encourage wide attendance.

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