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Early Registration Open for Tools For Participation Conference

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and the UC Berkeley School of Information have opened up early bird registration for their upcoming conference on online deliberation, with the theme of “Tools for Participation: Collaboration, Deliberation, and Decision Support, Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing Symposium” (www.publicsphereproject.org/events/diac08/). The conference will be held June 26 – 29, 2008.

DIAC-08 combines CPSR’s 11th DIAC symposium with the third Conference on Online Deliberation. The joint conference is intended to provide a platform and a forum for highlighting socio-technological opportunities, challenges, and pitfalls in the area of community and civic action. Technology enhanced community action ranges from informal communities of practice to democratic governance of formal organizations to large social movements.

They are still interested in receiving submissions including: research paper and exploratory paper presentations (both of which will be peer reviewed), technology demonstrations, workshops and poster sessions. They are also seeking co-sponsors who can help provide various types of assistance, including donations and volunteer labor.

The conference areas of focus include but are not limited to: deliberative and collaborative systems, e-democracy and e-participation, mobilization and organization, negotiation, consultation, sustainability, community support systems, open source models, human rights, ecological awareness, conflict resolution, justice, transparency systems, media and civic journalism, media literacy, power research, citizen science, economic development and opportunity, peace and reconciliation, infrastructure development, policy, education, community networks, research and development for civil society, social software, virtual communities and civic intelligence.

Guidelines for papers and other submissions

All submissions must be made via the conference submission system on the DIAC-08 web site. Submissions should be written in English and foreign speakers are encouraged to have their submissions reviewed for language prior to submission. Submissions should be formatted for “US Letter” size using 11 point Times-Roman font. Research papers should be a maximum of 10 pages. Accepted research papers should be revised according to reviewer comments and resubmitted by the deadline. Workshop proposals (two pages) should include motivation, objectives, expected outcomes, intended audience, process (including specific description of how people will be engaged during the workshop). Taking a cue from PDC 2008, we are also interested in exploratory papers (4 pages), that reflect novel concepts, works-in-progress, reflections, manifestos or other ideas and issues that aren’t currently suitable for a research paper.

Important Dates

November 15, 2007 Submission system available
December 15, 2007 Early registration begins
February 15, 2008 Research paper submissions due
March 15, 2008 Demonstration, workshop proposals due
April 1, 2008 Notices of research paper acceptances
April 15, 2008 Poster proposals due
May 1, 2008 Late registration begins
May 15, 2008 Completed research papers due
June 26-June 29, 2008 DIAC-2008/OD2008

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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