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What is e-participation: revisited

Published on 29 March 2010
Updated on 05 April 2024

I seem to digress … asking again, what is e-participation? What are the different areas of e-participation, and what are tools for e-participation? How can we define and categorise the concepts? Please post your comments so we can refine and define. This is a train-of-thought interactive brainstorming exercise: please join in!

Does anyone have a link to a chart or categorisation strategy?

Forms of e-participation

  • e-government
  • e-democracy
  • e-parliament (part of e-government)
  • e-justice (part of e-government? )
  • e-citizenship?
  • e-diplomacy (e-policy)

Tools for e-participation

  • e-learning
  • remote e-participation
  • e-voting (part of e-democracy)


  • e-transparency



3 replies
  1. Vladimir Radunovic
    Vladimir Radunovic says:

    “The Chart II” — April 8,
    “The Chart II” — April 8, 2010 by Ginger —
    Uvais, the chart is very helpful, as it maps very clearly the possibilities for e-participation. Thanks.
    You may remember that e-participation in the form of remote participation in international policy processes is very important to me. You list e-policy under “government”, which is appropriate. However, for example, where can I find remote participation in an international policy process such as the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)?
    I think it would be helpful to read other comments on this illustration of e-processes. What do readers think?

  2. Vladimir Radunovic
    Vladimir Radunovic says:

    “The chart” — April 7,
    “The chart” — April 7, 2010 by Uvais —
    Ginger, I’ve been having the same thoughts about e-consulate issues. The problem is that we cannot clearly categorise these issues without incorporating all the ‘e’ terminology that we have come across 🙂
    As Seiitti noted earlier (at the end of this page https://edip.diplomacy.edu/mapping) we may have to explore these concepts with a traditional diplomacy outline in mind. I’ve posted a (rather sketchy) chart on the e-consulate blog – The What’s-Not-E-Diplomacy Chart [https://edip.diplomacy.edu/node/71] :). The chart is an attempt to encapsulate the various facets we’ve all discussed to date, so that we can explore the interrelated issues of the topic.

  3. Vladimir Radunovic
    Vladimir Radunovic says:

    “Wonderful opportunity to
    “Wonderful opportunity to democratize, to learn, to graduate..!” — April 2, 2010 by Zemaida — I remember some comments we used to make during the Course in Diplomatic Academy of Malta(2003): ..The discussion in Diplomacy is intended to give participants a flavour of what’s going on, where, the main actors, their interplay, and their relative importance…”.
    Well, I guess, these comments could fit quite well to discussions we are making today-s on e-Diplomacy.
    Sure, we can add a lot of facilities and opportunities this new tool can offer to everybody interested to use them for learning, exchanging, making propaganda, networking, democratizing, europeanizing.
    I really appreciate this new tool and I would work hard to deliver(provide) this opportunity to friends, colleagues, students, citizens, individuals, interested.


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