Youth Participation in a Government Program: Challenges in E-Democracy

Dubravka Cecez-Kecmanovic, Mary Anne Kennan, Daryll Hull, Fouad Nagm

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Declining youth participation in civic affairs has raised the issue of youth disengagement. This paper explores the use of web-based and social networking technologies for the purpose of engaging young people in civic affairs to better inform government decision making. It is based on a field study in two regions of NSW where young people (aged 9-18) participated in an experimental online consultation about youth projects to be funded by the Department of Community Services (DoCS). Several strategies for youth engagement and consultation were implemented and tested including an online interactive game, social networking technologies, local radio and TV, and school newsletters announcements. The findings question the youth disengagement thesis and demonstrate that purposefully-designed and carefully targeted engagement strategies ' in both electronic andphysical spaces ' do attract and engage young people in Government decision making. The paper discusses the challenges of youth online participation and concludes with suggestions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication20th ACIS
Subtitle of host publicationEvolving boundaries and new frontiers: Defining the IS discipline
EditorsHelana Scheepers, Michael Davern
Place of PublicationMelbourne
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventAustralasian Conference on Information Systems - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 02 Dec 200904 Dec 2009


ConferenceAustralasian Conference on Information Systems


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