Drawing on the successful stream at the European Conference on Social Media 2014:
International Journal of Electronic Governance (IJEG)
Special Issue on
Challenging Government: e-Participation and the social web
Dr. Darren P. Mundy
Senior Lecturer in Digital Media, Interim Head of Department , School of Arts and New Media, University of Hull, United Kingdom
Dr. Tobias Bevc
Lecturer, Chair Political Science/Political Theory, Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, University of Augsburg, Germany
Social media platforms are lowering the boundaries to access and participation in conversation linked to governmental services. Participation is being facilitated in numerous ways, for instance: through national and local government adopting social media channels for citizen communication; community groups using social media as platforms to engender community action; and citizen-citizen communication around the problems in their local region. In addition, there is a perception that this development can help to enhance the prospects for existing democracies to include their citizens in the political process.
However, at the same time a brief look at the public sphere in democratic states will show an ambivalent impact of social media on the public sphere. Here the keywords surveillance, sousveillance, coveillance, digital divide and censorship are essential to sketch the field of discussion. The question is whether e-Participation through social media really enhances participation of the people or does it privilege those which are already participating, regardless of the technical possibilities.
This special issue encourages discussion of the range of different ways in which e-Participation through social media is occurring, including what it is facilitating? In addition it will help in determining potential future research directions in this area of interest and enable discussion of the impact of social media on the public sphere and its consequences for democracy and its practises.
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Social Media and Democracy
Social Media and Participation
Social Media and the Public Sphere
Future Chances of Social Media and e-Participation
Risks of e-Participation
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submission of manuscripts: 31 January 2015 (extended deadline)
interim notification to authors: 31 March 2015
revised versions due: 30 April 2015
final notification to authors: 31 May 2015
final camera-ready versions due: 15 June 2015
This special issue is scheduled for publication in 2015.