INTERNET & POLITICS - The Modernization of Democracy Through the Electronic Media
International Conference, 19. - 21. February 1997
 
Munich
 
The Internet offers to the individualized mass society new opportunities to give citizens a share in the political decision-making process, and to make politics and political institutions citizen-oriented.

Experts from the sciences, from organizations, culture, administration, politics, economy and the media disscussed the scope of creativity available to politics and the experiences pioneers in other countries have already gained. The main questions were, what can we learn from these examples and which chances and risks does the Internet involve for the citizens. Speakers were Internet pioneers like Esther Dyson und Geert Lovink, scientists in finance and economy, Eli Noam and Joachim Jens Hesse, the expert in data protection Spiros Simitis and the political scientists Claus Leggewie and Benjamin Barber.

Although their perspectives for the future of democracy were bias, all international experts agreed in one point: no country can ignore the global development of electronic networking. The only choice one has is either a passive enduring or an an active participation towards a citizen-friendly design of the net. These considerations were the basis of an formulation of claims for the organization of a political framework: The Munich Statement.
 

Program
 
  Experiences with a citizen-oriented electronic form of democracy
 
 
  Technology for what? The Internet for whom? Policy's primate in implementing the new technologies
 
 
  "Making Democracy Work". An overview of political networks in the USA
 
 
  Connected, Interactive, Productive. A Survey of National and Regional Government Networking in Canada
 
 
  Technical Possibilities for a World Wide Computer Based Science Workshop
 
 
  Experiences with a citizen-oriented electronic form of democracy
 
 
  The Net in Eastern Europe - From state restrictions to auto-regulation
 
 
  Experiments in Tele-Democracy - The Public Opinion Poll tries out new Models of Deliberative Polling.
 
 
  InfoCity NRW: What Does the Homo Connectus Expect from the Net?
 
 
  National State and Global Economy. New Conflicts Between Political Objectives
 
 
  The Electronic Republic. The Convergence of Electronic Media is Changing the Relationship between the People and Their Governments
 
 
  "Communicating Britain's Future" - The Labout Party's Program for Developing the British Knowledge Society
 
 
  No Future without the Young Generation. The Information Technologies Provide New Tools for the Mediation of Politics
 
 
  Lean Government an a Citizen-oriented Administration. New Possibilities for the Overdue Reform of Government and Administrations
 
 
  Building Net Communities - The Role Of Providers in the 21st Century
 
 
  A New Era of Athenian Democracy? Introduction to the Conference Theme
 
 
  "De Digitale Stad Amsterdam", A Citizen Net with Model Character
 
 
  Chances and Risks of the Globally Acting Company
 
 
  Educating for the 21st Century. Information Technologies have the Potential to Renovate Education and Society for the Better
 
 
  "Civilizing Cyberspace" - Success and Deficits of the American National Information Infrastructure (NII)
 
 
  American and European Telecommunication Policies Between De-Regulation and Re-Regulation
 
 
  The Deutsche Telekom and the Internet - Visions for a Global Infrastructure of the World-Wide-Web
 
 
  Psychology and the Internet - New Forms of Disembodied Selves?
 
 
  The Information Society between Corporization and Democratization
 
 
  Citizen Nets - A Platform for Change. But of what Kind?
 
 
  The Network of Networks - A Market Place out of Control?
 
 
  Realizing the Social and Economic Potential of the Internet. The Government of Canada is in the Express Lane of the Information Highway
 
 
  Televoting Empowers Democracy. Lessons from the "Hawaii Televote" Project.
 
 
  Patronage of the Conference and Opening Address
 
 
  Virtual Discussions with Constituens Increase the Politician's Competence
 
 
  Keynote Speech: Economy and Politics in the Information Society
 
 
  The Search in the Internet - Agents, Able to Learn, Organize the Flood of Data
 
 
  Planning the Future - Strategies of a Global Player fot he Development of Technological Standards
 
 
  Advocacy of Democratic Values Require Strong new Coalitions
 
 

 
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