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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.

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Abstract

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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ID Code: 46376
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: particpation, e-democracy, acute events, Queensland floods, WikiLeaks, social media, Twitter, Facebook
ISBN: 9783902505201
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Axel Bruns
Copyright Statement: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Austria License.
Deposited On: 18 Oct 2011 09:28
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2011 09:28

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