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Distributed Discussion: An Integrated eParticipation Model for Engaging Young People in Technology Policy

Taylor-Smith, Ella; Kimpeler, Simone; Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Pille


Simone Kimpeler

Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt


Yannis Charalabidis

Sotirios Koussouris


This chapter describes an eParticipation model, designed to be especially appropriate to young people and complex topics: distributed discussion. It draws on the experiences of the HUWY project, which piloted a distributed discussion model, in four countries, to assess how this supported young people’s engagement. The pilot revealed that young people valued structured and well supported discussions, particularly well-facilitated offline discussions. Integrating online and offline, national and international elements are the advantages and challenges of this model. This chapter aims to give an overview of the theoretical basis, process and impacts of the model and to provide recommendations for future development and use.

Online Publication Date Jan 31, 2012
Publication Date 2012
Deposit Date Apr 16, 2012
Publicly Available Date Apr 16, 2012
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 181-197
Book Title Empowering Open and Collaborative Governance
ISBN 9783642272189; 9783642272196
Keywords eParticipation; social media; young people; information society;
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Contract Date Apr 16, 2012


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