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A trust model for e-participation
A trust model for e-participation
Thursday, March 5, 11:00a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: CTG, 187 Wolf Road, Suite 301, Albany, NY 12205

Abstract
E-participation has been on the agenda of multidisciplinary research for a decade. While the first attempts were heavily focused on technology portals for citizen engagement in policy consultation, lessons learned that technology alone cannot solve the challenges of low election turnout and disinterest of people in politics followed a few years later. A new wave of focus arose, turning focus more on good governance principles such as openness and transparency. Yet, is this new strand of open government turning the trends? In a research with colleagues of psychology, communication studies and political sciences, we have developed a trust model for e-participation, which aims at identifying relevant predictors of trustworthiness in actors and tools along an e-participation endeavor. In my presentation, I will present insights from literature review and introduce the trust model for e-participation that we have developed. The presentation will indicate where we stand in our current research, and what we aim at next to validate the trust model and to transfer lessons from empirical research to designing trustworthy e-participation endeavors.
Maria A. Wimmer
Dr. Maria A. Wimmer is full professor for e-government at the University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany), Faculty of Computer Science (currently vice dean of the Faculty). Maria studied Computer Sciences at the University of Linz, Austria. Her main research focus lies on holistic design of ICT in the public sector, applying design sciences research with a holistic perspective. She is principal investigator of a number of research projects funded by the European Commission. Maria is co-organizing the international IFIP e-government conferences since 2005 and has been appointed as chair of the expert advisory group of societal challenge 6 (Europe in a changing world) by the European Commission in 2014. Maria has published over 150 articles on e-government and e-participation. Further information can be found here: http://www.uni-koblenz.de/agvinf/