[@OKau] Fwd: SISR Seminar: Thursday, 13 August 2015 - Crowdsourced policymaking: The motivations, expectations and profile of the crowd: 12:30-1:30pm

Angela Daly angelacdaly at gmail.com
Fri Aug 7 02:06:39 UTC 2015

Dear all,

This event may be of interest to you and your networks. It's free and open
to the public.




Swinburne Institute for Social Research - Seminar Series

Presenter: Dr Tanja Aitamurto, Stanford University

Title: Crowdsourced policymaking: The motivations, expectations and profile
of the crowd

Date: Thursday, 13 August 2015

Time: 12:30-1:30pm

Venue: Penang Room, Library Conference Room, Hawthorn campus

Crowdsourcing in policymaking is becoming a more common method for civic
engagement and knowledge search, and it is used both by local and national
governments. In crowdsourced policymaking, the government invites citizens
to contribute to a policymaking process and asks them to share their ideas
for the policy. For instance, several federal agencies in the United States
have used crowdsourcing in policy reforms, Iceland applied crowdsourcing in
its constitution reform process, and the House of Representatives in Brazil
have used crowdsourcing in policy reforms. Despite the growing popularity
of the method, only a little is known about the crowd and its experience
with participating in policymaking. In this talk I will examine the
profile, drivers and expectations of the crowd by showing case studies of
crowdsourced policymaking from Finland and the United States.

Dr Tanja Aitamurto Deputy Director and a Brown Fellow (postdoctoral) at the
Brown Institute for Media Innovation at the School of Engineering at
Stanford. She examines how collective intelligence, whether gathered by
crowdsourcing, crowdfunding or co-creation, impacts journalism, governance
and product design, particularly media innovations.

Tanja is the author of Crowdsourcing for Democracy: New Era in
Policy-Making. She has lead the design and implementation of the Finnish
Experiment, a pioneering case in crowdsourcing policymaking. She advises
and studies Open Government projects in several countries, the projects
including topics such as participatory budgeting and crowdsourced
legislation. She has attended meetings and given talks about her research
in the White House, the Wikimedia Foundation, OECD, the Council of Europe
and in several Parliaments and Governments, including those of Canada,
Austria and Finland. More about her work at www.tanjaaitamurto.com
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