Electronic Participation (ePart) Conference

General eParticipation Track
First Call for Papers

The General eParticipation track aims to present the best of recent developments in electronic Participation (eParticipation), covering a wide range of technical, political and social areas. The papers will present new and innovative developments in this expanding discipline.

eParticipation refers to the use of Information and Communication Technologies to enhance political participation and citizen engagement. eParticipation is by definition a multidisciplinary field of study. Today, eParticipation is particularly timely and relevant in various contexts and in diverse environments, focusing on issues such as: digital democracy; participatory public service design; use of open government data in eParticipation initiatives; use of social media by citizens, governments and civil servants, and  top-down and bottom-up eParticipation initiatives related to the economic and welfare issues.

The General eParticipation track aims to bring together researchers from distinct disciplines interested in eParticipation; as such it provides a unique opportunity for researchers to present and discuss new ideas, meet other researchers and practitioners and plan future cooperation.

The scope of the General eParticipation track covers the whole range of research in eParticipation. Its principal aim is to review advances in research in both social and technological scientific domains, seeking to demonstrate new theories, concepts, methods and styles of eParticipation with the support of innovative ICT.

The General eParticipation track will focus on, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Foundations of eParticipation research including theories, methods, models and approaches;
  • The role of social and mobile media  and Web 2.0 in eParticipation;
  • Transparency and open access for eParticipation;
  • Design and co-creation of participatory public services; bottom-up initiatives;
  • Privacy, security and ethical considerations in eParticipation;
  • Advances in eParticipation Domains: Online deliberation and discourse, participatory budgeting, eConsultation, ePolling, and eLegislation, eElectioneering, eCampaigning and eVoting;
  • Advances in participatory policy making using policy modelling, simulation, impact assessment and visualisation methods and tools;
  • eParticipation and big data;
  • The role of eParticipation in national and global crisis situations;
  • Comparative analyses of eParticipation practices;
  • Impact assessment and public value considerations of eParticipation on real world decision making;
  • Digital literacy and its consequences for eParticipation;
  • eParticipation projects: design, implementation, evaluation, quality and impact

All accepted completed research papers will be published by Springer Verlag (LNCS). Accepted submissions in all other categories will be published by IOS Press.

After the conference, both volumes will be submitted to Thompson Reuters for evaluation in order to be indexed in Web of Science Conference Proceedings.

Submission guidelines and important dates are available here.


Efthimios Tambouris, University of Macedonia, Greece

Panos Panagiotopoulos, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Øystein Sæbø, University of Agder, Norway

Program Committee

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