This Diplo webinar took place on Tuesday, 21 May at 15h00 (CET) and examined the role of social media, remote participation and open government / open data initiatives, on International Organizations and Development Agencies. The recording is available here.
The E-participation webinar is part of the Geneva E-diplomacy Platform and built on the first Geneva E-diplomacy Day (16 November 2012) and the Online Learning Day (17 April 2013). In a similar fashion to the Online Learning Day, the E-participation webinar took the form of an Oxford style debate with six participants facing off over three main topics.
Introduction to the debate:
The debate opened with the following background statement: “Social media, open gov / open data initiatives and remote participation are opening up international organisations and development agencies. The increased use of cloud-based technologies is making organisations more consultative, transparent and accountable. True or false?”
The way that most International Organisations are using social media suggests that this is not true engagement, but simply broadcast.
Support: Pete Cranston (Diplo)
Oppose: Paul Conneally (ITU)
Remote Participation programmes and initiatives make International Agencies more transparent and inclusive
Support: Marília Maciel (IGF)
Oppose: Guy Girardet (Diplo)
Open Gov Open Data initiatives are more relevant in a national context than at an international level.
Support: Jovan Kurbalija (Diplo)
Oppose: Tim Davies (Practical Participation Ltd)
A summary blog post of the webinar is available here.