Webinar: Risking More Digital Democracy - Introduction and Latest Research Approaches of E-Participation

Debates on major public construction projects such as Stuttgart 21, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg and the Monument to Freedom and Unity in Berlin, show that many citizens have a keen interest in construction projects in their urban environment and often develop their own points of view as well as ideas on the subject. If these are ignored in the political decision-making process, strong protests may occur in many cases, as well as lengthy and costly arbitration procedures. The construction of Berlin Brandenburg Airport proves, not least, that a lack of citizens’ participation and non-transparent communication about the condition of a construction project has a lasting negative impact on trust in politics and administration.

This problem can be countered by involving citizens into the project development at an early stage. The webinar will show concrete examples on how this involvement can be expanded and improved through the use of digital technologies.

Jonas Fegert, research scientist at the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, will introduce the topic of e-participation and present examples from project work and research. Subsequently, Nadja Schaetz research assistant at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society will supplement the lecture with current findings on political participation in Germany. Forms of digital citizens’ participation will be discussed in a concluding discussion, in which participants of the event are cordially invited to participate. The webinar will be conducted by Luise Kranich, manager of the FZI branch office in Berlin.

Link to the webinar: https: //webconf.vc.dfn.de/rw7i018sx7xg/

The webinar will be hold via Adobe Connect – a participation is possible either via web client or stand-alone plug-in that should be installed in advance.

Information about the lecturers and the organiser:

Jonas Fegert studied Political Science, Governance and Public Policy in Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin), Friedrichshafen (Zeppelin University) and Porto Alegre, Brazil (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul). He was a scholarship holder of the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (ELES) and the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt. Between 2008 and 2014, he worked at the office of a Member of the German Bundestag and between 2014 and 2018 he worked as consultant at the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk, where he played a major role in the development of initiatives and structures of the scholarship organisation. He coordinated the project “NYU Bronfman Global” for ELES and New York University. Since April 2019, he has been a research scientist at the FZI branch office in Berlin, where he is responsible for the project “Take Part”, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. He is working on questions of e-participation (augmented reality, virtual reality and citizen participation) and digital government. Currently, he is doing his doctorate at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology with Prof. Dr. Christof Weinhardt

Nadja Schaetz  is a doctoral student at the Freie Universität Berlin/ Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. As a research assistant in the research group “Digital Citizenship”, she is primarily concerned with digital forms of political participation and the use of media. She studied Visual Communication at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (B.A.) as well as Media and Communication Studies at Stockholm University in Sweden (M.A.), where she worked as a research assistant at the Department of Media Studies.

Event details

19. June 2020 - 19. June 2020, 10:00 - 11:30
Event location
Online-Webinar: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/rw7i018sx7xg/