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Qualitative Analysis Digs Deep Into Community Engagement

August 8, 2018 by Karthik  

Effective qualitative analysis answers the Why, not just the What’, reveals Capire Consulting Group’s Koel Wrigley.

In her recent webinar with Bang the Table , Wrigley taps into her extensive work in community engagement projects across Australia and unpacks what to consider when collecting and making sense of subjective responses and feedback – or, qualitative data.

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FAQs About Digital Rights in Online Public Engagement

July 20, 2018 by Karthik  

Data privacy and security are hot button news issues right now. You only have to look at recent reporting around Facebook’s fast and loose attitude towards people’s private data and the European Union’s response to data privacy issues in the form of the GDPR (General Data Privacy Regulation) to see these issues are finally receiving the attention they deserve.


Awareness around cybersecurity issues has led to rising public concerns about the safety of their data online. In fact, a recent report indicated more Americans are worried about their data privacy than losing their primary source of income. With more than half the global population on the internet these days, both public and private enterprises need to maintain an active online presence to continue to interact with their citizens and customers.

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Data Walk In Smart City

June 27, 2018 by Karthik  

Smart cities, ostensibly, are all about citizen inclusion. But just how data-aware are city-users and makers? Researchers at the Centre for Big Open Linked Data (BOLD) Cities look at the social issue of ubiquitous urban digitization and datafication.


It has become commonplace in smart cities discussions to say that it is imperative to include citizen perspectives and interests in policy and planning. Issues of privacy and data-ownership come to mind immediately when talking about such citizen perspectives, and they are indeed a key matter in smart city discourse.

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UK Youth Juries Deliberate Their Digital Rights

June 25, 2018 by Karthik  

UK youth juries ‘put the Internet on Trial’, using storytelling and drama to think about their rights.

Storytelling in deliberation can foster engagement, unpack policy concepts and illustrate young people’s concerns, finds a recent study finds. Authors Stephen Coleman, Kruakae Pothong and Sarah Weston used dramatized scenarios in a deliberative exercise on youth digital rights.


In response to a commission by a UK-based youth digital rights initiative, 5rights, nine juries comprised of 12-17 year-olds were set up across London, Leeds, and Nottingham to explore concerns around digital rights policy. Coleman et al used dramatized sketches to activate conversations and prompt experiential storytelling, exchange and reflection.

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Lessons of Tactical Urbanism for Technology Focussed Urban Policy

June 21, 2018 by Karthik  

Tactical urbanism points to a vital role for participation in inclusive urban planning, writes Dr Mark Dean in his recent article for Bang the Table.

Dean highlights a renewed focus on social and democratic values in urban development, calling for community engagement practitioners and urban planners to respond to the relationship between cities, planning and democracy.


He suggests that practitioners and planners could take lessons of tactical urbanism into:

*a set of approaches that understand how social values relate to technology-focused urban policy;
*tools that enable practitioners and projects to tap into local cultural and political values; and,
*practices that build collaboration into projects and decisions.

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ISO Security Standards Build Trust in Online Public Engagement

June 13, 2018 by Karthik  

As governments continue to engage and activate their communities online, a focus on cybersecurity and privacy is needed to ensure you build and sustain your citizens’ trust. Before engaging a technology partner to help you connect with online communities, you will need to evaluate how secure and robust their platform is.


How do you compare online platforms? How do you know whether the platform “walks the talk” when it comes to a commitment to security and privacy of the data stored within? Do they conduct regular tests to ensure security? Do they work on improving their systems and processes on a continuous basis?

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The Rise of the 'Smart Citizen' in Netherland's Pilot Citizen Science Project

May 30, 2018 by Karthik  

‘Smart citizen’s’ monitor Amsterdam’s water quality in a pilot citizen science project, interlinking them with service providers, scientists and community co-volunteers.


Citizen science projects do more than contribute to knowledge, reveal Brouwer et al in ‘Public Participation in Science: The Future and Value of Citizen Science in the Drinking Water Research’. Evaluating the Netherlands’ pilot citizen science project in the drinking water sector, the study reveals that participation fostered water awareness and transparency in citizens’ relationship with the drinking water provider.

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Webinar - Online Digital Deliberation

May 29, 2018 by Karthik  

Join Founder and Chief Practice Officer at Bang the Table Dr. Crispin Butteriss, for a look at ways to harness online deliberation for community and stakeholder engagement.


This webinar focusses on overcoming the challenges of process design in establishing a digital deliberation exercise and helps participants better understand the crucial principles for online deliberative dialogue.

Highly recommended for anyone who is new to online deliberation, would like to learn more about the benefits of online deliberation or simply to improve on their current practices.

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6 Steps To Ensure Data Security For Online Civic Engagement

May 28, 2018 by Karthik  

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” — James Humes. Transparent, accurate and timely communication is the foundation for building trust between a government and its citizens through the ages. While these elements have always remained the same, the tools and methods to actively engage communities have undergone a significant evolution.


Citizens today have a voracious appetite for easily available, up-to-date information. A global WPP survey of over 40 countries identified that if citizens are not satisfied with the information received from their government, they rapidly turn to other sources.

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4 Key Ways To Engage With Low-literacy Communities Online

May 25, 2018 by Karthik  

Most online engagement involves text and interactive tools that require, or assume, an ability to write and express opinions. But where does that leave community members who have low levels of literacy?


People with limited literacy levels represent a significant percentage of the community. In Australia, while around 14 per cent of adults — just over 1 in 7 — have limited literacy skills, 1 in 5, or around 44 percent of people, lack literary skills required for everyday life.

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