Towards distributed citizen participation : lessons from WikiLeaks and the Queensland floods

Bruns, Axel (2012) Towards distributed citizen participation : lessons from WikiLeaks and the Queensland floods. Journal of e-Democracy and Open Government, 4(2), pp. 142-159.

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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: 56044
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: participation, e-democracy, acute events, Queensland floods, WikiLeaks
ISSN: 2075-9517
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Studies (200101)
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 > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Donau-Universitaet Krems * Center for E-Government
Deposited On: 02 Jan 2013 07:15
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2015 21:19

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