Research on National Integrity Systems in New Zealand and the UK suggest that NIS impact is limited and disparate, while data analysis across 51 countries from 2003-2010, suggests that ICTs, transparency and anti-corruption efforts make government more efficient. Other studies show that gamification of civic tech meetups improves creative problem-solving when the games build empathy instead of rewarding skills, and that internet shutdowns have cost sub-Saharan African countries $235 million.
- Citizen-generated health data empowers advocacy in Uganda
- Spanish municipalities are using social media to broadcast with the public, not to interact.
- Social and legacy media crossover in advocacy around Modi’s “Clean India” Campaign
- Bureaucracy and innovation collide in a Danish approach to rule-based e-government.
Looks like some interesting research will be coming out in 2018 on digital activism and the links between civil society and government in Latin America. So far there’s some social media and podcasting from @beatriz_biro and @rafapoco described in the above link, plus a platform visualizing “700 initiatives mapped in 21 countries.”
Also, a survey of participatory mechanisms in the energy sector.
The Council of Europe has new Guidelines for civil participation in political decision-making
In other news:
- CFP (!): Curating Resistance: Punk as Archival Method (deadline 15 Nov, Event: Feb 2018, UCLA)
- And the most misleading blog title of the week goes to@opengovpart’s post on “Connecting governments with their people” to describe research from @AllVoicesCount