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

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

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    Abstract

    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.
    LanguageEnglish
    Title of book or conference publication20th ACIS
    Subtitle of book or conference publicationEvolving boundaries and new frontiers: Defining the IS discipline
    EditorsHelana Scheepers, Michael Davern
    Place of PublicationMelbourne
    PublisherACIS
    Pages733-743
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventAustralasian Conference on Information Systems - Melbourne, Australia
    Duration: 02 Dec 200904 Dec 2009

    Conference

    ConferenceAustralasian Conference on Information Systems
    CountryAustralia
    Period02/12/0904/12/09

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    participation
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    networking
    local radio
    decision making
    community service
    electronics
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    Cecez-Kecmanovic, D., Kennan, M. A., Hull, D., & Nagm, F. (2009). Youth Participation in a Government Program: Challenges in E-Democracy. In H. Scheepers, & M. Davern (Eds.), 20th ACIS: Evolving boundaries and new frontiers: Defining the IS discipline (pp. 733-743). Melbourne: ACIS.
    Cecez-Kecmanovic, Dubravka ; Kennan, Mary Anne ; Hull, Daryll ; Nagm, Fouad. / Youth Participation in a Government Program : Challenges in E-Democracy. 20th ACIS: Evolving boundaries and new frontiers: Defining the IS discipline. editor / Helana Scheepers ; Michael Davern. Melbourne : ACIS, 2009. pp. 733-743
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    Youth Participation in a Government Program : Challenges in E-Democracy. / Cecez-Kecmanovic, Dubravka; Kennan, Mary Anne; Hull, Daryll; Nagm, Fouad.

    20th ACIS: Evolving boundaries and new frontiers: Defining the IS discipline. ed. / Helana Scheepers; Michael Davern. Melbourne : ACIS, 2009. p. 733-743.

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    Cecez-Kecmanovic D, Kennan MA, Hull D, Nagm F. Youth Participation in a Government Program: Challenges in E-Democracy. In Scheepers H, Davern M, editors, 20th ACIS: Evolving boundaries and new frontiers: Defining the IS discipline. Melbourne: ACIS. 2009. p. 733-743