Conference: Politics 2.0

I’ll be blogging live from this conference in London on April 17th & 18th:

New Political Communication Unit, Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Has there been a shift in political use of the internet and digital new media – a new web 2.0 politics based on participatory values? How do broader social, cultural, and economic shifts towards web 2.0 impact, if at all, on the contexts, the organizational structures, and the communication of politics and policy? Does web 2.0 hinder or help democratic citizenship? This conference provides an opportunity for researchers to share and debate perspectives.

The conference will be large and diverse, with six distinguished keynotes, 120 papers organised into 41 panels, and over 180 participants drawn from over 30 countries. The keynote speakers are:

  • Robin Mansell, Professor of New Media, LSE: “The Light and the Dark Sides of Web 2.0.”
  • Helen Margetts, Professor of Internet and Society, University of Oxford: “Digital-era Governance: Peer production, Co-creation and the Future of Government.”
  • Rachel Gibson, Professor of Political Science, University of Manchester: “Trickle-up Politics?: the Impact of Web 2.0 Technologies on Citizen Participation.”
  • Stephen Coleman, Professor of Political Communication, University of Leeds: “Networks and Commons: Can The Popular and The Political Be Connected?”
  • Micah Sifry, Personal Democracy Forum/TechPresident: “The Revolution Will Be Networked: How Open Source Politics is Emerging in America.”
  • Michael Turk, US National Cable & Telecommunications Association and e-campaign manager for Bush-Cheney 04: “Managed Chaos: Bringing Order to User-Generated Activism.”

Patrick Philippe Meier

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