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 and physical 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 publication12th Australian Conference on Knowledge Management and Intelligent Decision Support, ACKMIDS 09 and 20th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2009
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherACIS
Pages733-743
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event12th Australian Conference on Knowledge Management and Intelligent Decision Support, ACKMIDS 09 and 20th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2009 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Duration: 2 Dec 20094 Dec 2009

Other

Other12th Australian Conference on Knowledge Management and Intelligent Decision Support, ACKMIDS 09 and 20th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2009
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne, VIC
Period2/12/094/12/09

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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 12th Australian Conference on Knowledge Management and Intelligent Decision Support, ACKMIDS 09 and 20th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2009 (pp. 733-743). Australia: ACIS.