Graham Smith, Professor of Politics at the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Simon Burall, Director of Involve, hosted Technology and Democratic Participation: Friend or Foe at the University of Westminster on the evening of 8 July.

Watch the video on YouTube and read the Twitter wall from participants in and beyond the room.

The participatory event attracted over 50 activists, practitioners, policy makers and academics (with more following the live stream) with an interest in the dynamic interactions between technological development and democratic engagement. The event was kicked off by a provocative presentation by Tiago Peixote, an open government specialist at the ICT4Gov program of the World Bank’s Open Government cluster. Tiago is well known to the e-democracy community from @partipatory on Twitter and his Facebook page.

Short interventions by Catherine Howe @curiousc, Chief Executive of Public-I, and Maria Nyberg, Head of Open Policy Making at the Cabinet Office, gave the gathering plenty to contemplate and discuss.

CSD and Involve hope that this will be the first in a series of joint events that span the practitioner-academic boundaries on aspects of democratic participation in the coming months and years.

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