Towards distributed citizen participation : lessons from WikiLeaks and the Queensland Floods
Bruns, Axel (2011) Towards distributed citizen participation : lessons from WikiLeaks and the Queensland Floods. In Parycek, Peter, Kripp, Manuel J., & Edelmann, Noella (Eds.) CeDEM11: Proceedings of the International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government, Edition Donau-Universität Krems, Danube-University Krems, Austria, pp. 35-52.
This paper examines the rapid and ad hoc development and interactions of participative citizen communities during acute events, using the examples of the 2011 floods in Queensland, Australia, and the global controversy surrounding Wikileaks and its spokesman, Julian Assange. The self-organising community responses to such events which can be observed in these cases bypass or leapfrog, at least temporarily, most organisational or administrative hurdles which may otherwise frustrate the establishment of online communities; they fast-track the processes of community development and structuration. By understanding them as a form of rapid prototyping, e-democracy initiatives can draw important lessons from observing the community activities around such acute events.
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