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Chances and Risks of Social Participation

Participation is a key issue within Internet research and hence also for the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. For this reason the institute is going to host a thematically focused meeting on Chances and Risks of Social Participation in Berlin on 22 November 2013 in co-operation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Morning Session
by invitation only
International senior researchers from a broad field of disciplines are invited to join the discussion and contribute with their expertise to various sessions as well as a public panel discussion. Thereby, the institute aims to push ahead research and exchange of ideas around the field of participation ranging from encouragement in context of democracy to the impact on innovation management.

Public Afternoon: Online into Politics?
open to the public, registration required
In the afternoon, the meeting will be opened to the public. We are pleased to announce that Helen Margetts, director of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) has agreed to hold a keynote. We are also excited to be able to share first findings from a study on the e-petition platform of the German parliament, the Bundestag, with the attendants. Representatives of politics and society will reveal national perspectives on political participation within the concluding panel discussion.

Morning Session (by invitation only)


08:30 – 09:00Registration
09:00 – 10:00Welcome Address and Keynote
10:15 – 11:30Workshop Sessions:
Participation – Enabling or Hindering Democracy?
Making Political Participation Effective
Open Source Hardware
11:45 – 12:45Lunch
12:45 – 14:00Concluding Session: How much difference can technology make?

Afternoon Session (open to the public)

14:00 – 14:30Registration
14:30 – 14:45Welcome Address Public Event: Online into Politics?
14:45 – 16:00Scientific Findings: Participation in Democratic Structures
16:30 – 18:00Panel Discussion: National Perspectives on Political Participation
18:00 – 19:00Reception







Full draft agenda: PDF


Find out more about what happend at the meeting on Chances and Risks of Social Participation 2013 in these blogposts by Kirsten Gollatz, Lennart Ziebarth and Hendrik Send or in the Event Wrap Up.

 Lennart ZiebarthWorkshop on Participation: Enabling or Hindering Democracy?
 Kirsten GollatzMaking Participation Effective. An Informal Workshop Summary
 Hendrik SendOpen Hardware – Participatory future of physical goods
 Kirsten GollatzHow much difference can technology make for societal participation?


Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Forum Berlin,
Hiroshimastraße 17, 10785 Berlin, Germany

Side Events

This meeting adds to the activities of the newly founded Network of Internet & Society Research Centers (NoC). Alongside the meeting on participation the annual Early Stage Researchers Colloquium and a meeting of participants of the Network of Centers will take place – guaranteeing fruitful and inspiring discourses across disciplines and research institutions.

Hosts and Co-Hosts

The event is hosted in co-operation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and serves as a Network of Centers (NoC) regional event. The event is furthermore supported by the British Embassy Berlin.


The event is furthermore supported by the British Embassy Berlin.


Event date

22.11.2013 | 8.30 am – 7.30 pm ical | gcal


Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e.V.,  Hiroshimastraße 17 ,  10785 Berlin


Larissa Wunderlich

Visual Communication and Design


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