Current air traffic interruptions are affecting everyone in some way or other this week. Those who are stranded away from home are feeling the effects most dramatically, but most of us are making adjustments of some kind or other. Our own e-diplomacy initiative is affected as presenters and organizers for in situ pre-conference events in Washington D.C. and New York are facing travel complications. Fortunately, with our experience in the e-participation, we will simply take advantage of the opportunity to showcase e-tools as a solution.
I was not even in Europe, but I attended the Brussels launch of the e-diplomacy initiative. Not only that, I shared the step-by-step process with our eDiplomat Twitter followers!
E-participation and remote participation in meetings are very important for me, because living in the “interior” of South America can make travel long and complicated. All of us deal with travel, time and other complexities. That doesn’t mean we must miss out on what is going on, or even that we must read a summary of the event, or view a webcast. We can attend and participate.
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?
E-learning is not just "like learning"... it is learning... and so its tools must be appropriate to the knowledge process and knowledge objective. Web 2.0 Twitter, mobile classes and learnlets are wonderful for incidental, short scope learning projects. But these "short attention span" tools are very different from the investment of time and energy necessary for career training and achievement of long term goals.
E-voting and Internet voting are of course two different things: Internet voting is one form of e-voting. But even more important for e-participation is the point made in a previous comment by Uvais: Internet voting tools offer support to the whole voting process. The preparation and registration processes lay the foundation for the election. This can be a costly and complex procedure that may benefit from a well-designed Internet application that makes the process less expensive, more effective and inclusive, and very importantly, more transparent.
A link between e-participation (web) and foreign policy--that is significant! See Stephen Hale's Blog "The Web as a Foreign Policy Issue", which opines that one area of E-diplomacy is to examine how we can use the power and impact of the web to enhance diplomacy. Shane Dillon says that "it is of equal importance to examine how we define the web as a foreign policy issue in its own right".