Project

b-Part

Coordinating Country

Budget:
1.151.963
Duration:
2013-2016

Project Description

Building Pervasive Participation

Fostering civic engagement has always been an important issue. Now in the 21st century, modern technology presents us with the possibility of exploring exciting and novel concepts designed to increase civic participation. One very promising area is to tap into the extremely pervasive technologies of mobile applications. The b-Part project aims to support the creation of a constant dialogue between citizens and their cities using this technology. The project’s approach will consider every level of e-participation; thus enabling, engaging and empowering citizens. b-Part will closely analyse the mobile app Täsä (launched in Turku, Finland) in order to explore the possibilities of fostering civic engagement. The project will examine how Täsä uses game inspired elements to increase civic participation. The project has already identified the need to make apps for civic participation be more than just one-way reporting tools. The project will ultimately create a roadmap for politicians which will provide concrete guidelines on how to make pervasive participation apps attractive to users. Furthermore, the project’s political scientists will also provide a roadmap for policymakers so that they can use e-participation concepts as effective policy making tools.

Contact persons

Peter Fröhlich
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (AT)
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Partners

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (AT)

FTW Telecommunications (AT)

University of Turku (FI)

Örebro University (SE)

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