HUWY explored ways for the Internet to support young people’s involvement in decision-making and piloted a model of distributed discussions, which could be used by people of various ages, focused on a range of topics.
The HUWY project aimed to support young people’s
eParticipation in policies about the Internet and its governance, through a
distributed discussion, centred on hub websites, previously at http://huwy.eu. The hub websites held
supporting information and structured space for results and feedback from policy-makers.
Young people chose the topics and questions, hosted their discussions on their own
web pages (or offline) and posted the results on the Hubs.
HUWY pilots ran in four countries (Estonia, Germany, Republic of Ireland and the UK). The pilots validated the distributed discussion model as an effective way to involve young people, by increasing the depth and quality of their ideas to improve the Internet. Participants had an enjoyable and rewarding experience that furthered their engagement with democracy and their awareness of best practice in using the Internet. The model’s flexibility enabled a variety of people to become involved, without specialist deliberative or technical skills, or even good Internet access.
Kimpeler, S., Lindner, R., Taylor-Smith, E., Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, P. (2012, July 2012). Supporting young people's political participation through distributed discussion - lessons obtained from an EU pilot. Paper presented at IPSA World Congress, Madrid, Spain.
Taylor-Smith, E., Kimpeler, S., Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, P. (2012). Distributed discussion: an integrated eParticipation model for engaging young people in technology policy. In: Charalabidis, Y., Koussouris, S. (Eds.) Empowering Open and Collaborative Governance, , () ( ed.). (pp. 181-198). Berlin Heidelberg: . .
Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, P., Taylor-Smith, E., Kimpeler, S. (2011, September). Youth Participation Through Distributed Discussion. Paper presented at 5th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance, Tallinn, Estonia.See all publications