As part of our ongoing collaboration with the Gada for the civic-engagement in the digital age project, we participated in the Connected Life 2016 conference that was held at the Oxford Internet Institute on June 20th and 21st. We were particularly interested in this conference because of the deliberate efforts by the (student) organizers to include not only academics but also activists and civic/civil-society NGOs among the speakers and discussion panels. While the first day of the conference consisted of academic talks, the second day was organized around workshops and panel discussions by activist/NGOs.
During the introductory keynote Prof. Helen Margetts provided an overview of her work on investigating political behaviour, digital government and government-citizen interactions in the age of the internet, social media and big data. The keynote was followed by the first set of parallel sessions which included the session on Access and Participation where we delivered our presentation on ‘Online habits, attitudes, and needs of civic engaged young people’.
Based on the level of engagement from the audience during the Q&A there clearly was interest in the topic of our presentation and the proposed civic engagement app that Gada was working on.
The full programme of the conference is available here.