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Information Communication Technologies and the Virtual Public Sphere

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Information Communication Technologies and the Virtual Public Sphere: Impacts of Network Structures on Civil Society demonstrates how the virtual public sphere uses information communications technology to empower ordinary citizens to engage in effective public discourse and provide the technological means to effect political change. Written with professionals, researchers of various disciplines and interested laypersons in mind, this text aims to help readers understand the phenomenon of deliberative e-democracy that is occurring throughout the world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Preface
  5. Acknowledgment
  6. Chapter 1: Introduction
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
  7. Chapter 2: Deliberative Machines in Techno-Political Arrangements
    1. Abstract
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. Some Background: How do we Merge Deliberation and Technology in our Thinking?
    4. THE DEVICES OF POWER, ITS ARCHITECTURE AND DELIBERATIVE MACHINES
    5. Empirical Research within This Conceptual Frame
    6. CONCLUSION
  8. Chapter 3: Communicative Mechanisms of Governance
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. Evaluating the New Technology
    4. Australian Experience
    5. E-Government and E-Democracy
    6. Evaluating E-Government Initiatives as an Advance of Democracy
    7. Technology as a Communication Tool
    8. The Deliberative Turn
    9. The Architecture of the Public Sphere
    10. Communicative Mechanisms of Governance
    11. Conclusion
  9. Chapter 4: Habermas, Networks and Virtual Public Spheres
    1. Abstract
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. Background
    4. Habermas and the Indian Public Sphere
    5. India: Digital Divides and Governance
    6. Issues not addressed within THE Internet Deliberative Democracy literature
    7. A Blended Deliberative Model
    8. FuTURE rESEARCH dIRECTIONS
    9. Conclusion
  10. Chapter 5: Issues of Digital Disempowerment and New Media Networking (NMN) in Relation to E-Government
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. Digital Democracy and E-Government
    4. The Technological Trends
    5. Network Society
    6. From Mass Media Public Sphere to Networked Public Spheres
    7. Power and Networks
    8. New Media Networks and Political Participation
    9. The Notorious Power Law
    10. Empowerment and Disempowerment Issues for Electronic Government
    11. The Nontrivial Nature of Low Participation in Network Society
    12. Directions and Conclusion
  11. Chapter 6: ‘Videoblogging’ Human Rights on YouTube
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. THE ETHICS SIDE OF ICT
    5. THE DOWNSIDE OF A VIRTUAL PUBLIC SPHERE
    6. A UNIVERSAL CODE OF ETHICS FOR VIDEOBLOGGING
    7. THE CASE OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE
    8. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    9. CONCLUSION
    10. APPENDIX A
  12. Chapter 7: Conceptualizing E-Participation in the Public Sphere
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. The Nature of Democracy
    4. Related Concepts
    5. Considering Analogies from E-Business
    6. Deliberative Democracy and the Political Environment
    7. Conclusion
  13. Chapter 8: An Investigation of the Use of Computer Supported Arguments Visualization for Improving Public Participation in Legislation Formation
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO THE USE OF CSAV IN THE LEGISLATION FORMATION PROCESS
    5. A PILOT APPLICATION
    6. EVALUATION
    7. AN EXTENSION OF IBIS FRAMEWORK
    8. CONCLUSION
  14. Chapter 9: The Role of Trust in the Global Acceptance of E-Government
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. Introduction
    3. ROLE OF E-GOVERNMENT
    4. ROLE OF TRUST
    5. EMPIRICAL METHODOLOGY
    6. FINDINGS
    7. DISCUSSION AND POLICY ANALYSIS
  15. Chapter 10: Perspectives on E-Government in Europe
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. CHALLENGES – THE CHANGING GOVERNMENT AND THE CHANGING CITIZENS
    4. CHANGES IN GOVERNMENT
    5. TRUST AND SECURITY
    6. ePARTICIPATION
    7. LESSONS LEARNT AND PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE – CONCLUDING REMARKS
  16. Chapter 11: Exploring the ICT Capabilities of Civil Society in Sub Saharan Africa
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. Literature Review
    4. ICTs and Democracy/ eGovernance-Civil Society Link
    5. Sub Saharan Africa
    6. Methodology of the Study
    7. Results
    8. Zambia Case-Study
    9. Conclusion
  17. Chapter 12: Setting the Foundation for E-Democracy in Botswana
    1. Abstract
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. CONCLUSION
  18. Chapter 13: Challenges of E-Disclosure in Romanian Local Public Authorities
    1. Abstract
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. GOVERNANCE OF PUBLIC SECTOR IN ROMANIA
    5. GOVERNANCE IN ROMANIAN LOCAL PUBLIC AUTHORITIES
    6. E-GOVERNANCE MODEL FOR ROMANIAN LPA
    7. FURTHER RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    8. CONCLUSION
  19. Chapter 14: Making Room for E-Government through Succession Planning
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. E-GOVERNMENT RECRUITMENT
    4. HOW MIGHT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION INFLUENCE E-SUCCESSION?
    5. WHY E-GOVERNMENT NEEDS SUCCESSION PLANNING
    6. E-GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC TRUST AND SUCCESSION PLANNING
    7. E-GOVERNMENT IS A TOOL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
    8. CONCLUSION
  20. Compilation of References
  21. About the Contributors
  22. Afterword
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. AFTERWORD
  23. Index