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This website has been conceived of as an online forum for advancing the scholarly understanding of and research opportunities surrounding technology mediated social participation. It came out of a discussion at the 4th Communities and Technologies conference at Penn State in June 2009.

The rationale for such a site is that profound possibilities are becoming apparent as governments and citizens around the world explore opportunities for transparency and participation in governance which provoke significant questions and will justify considerable multi-disciplinary research efforts in order to ensure the efforts are best executed.

It is also recognized that insights on these changes are being made across the world, by practitioners and academic researchers and that if this site can serve as a nexus it could be of value to many by ensuring researchers and practitioners learn from each other as do people working on similar issues across the world who would otherwise be unaware of each other.

The site is structured on simple tools

  • a blog for those who wish to start a discussion on topics of interest
  • a Google calendar which can be viewed on the site or subscribed to of events relevant to those in the community
  • a wiki to act as a storage repository of information

The site is at a relatively early stage of development and we welcome interest from both practitioners and academics. It is currently supported by a small number of graduate students from three different universities in the United States.

Note: Currently the development of this site is facilitated by Tom Glaisyer, PhD student in Communications at Columbia University in New York. Email: or Skype: 

(Names of others who are working on this will be added in time and our small band of collaborators welcomes all who are interested in our mission. Do email me or sign up on the wiki to introduce yourself.)

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Ben Shneiderman July 2, 2009 at 10:18 am

Thanks to Tom Glaisyer to launching this website devoted to reporting on international activity related to promoting social participation. Let’s all help by providing content that helps us all be aware of what is happening…Best wishes…

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