TED 06

Towards e-Democracy:
Participation, Deliberation, Communities

Mantova, Italy

24 - 26 October, 2006


The invited speakers are:
  • Liam J. Bannon (University of Limerick, Ireland)
    Working through Technology - Representation, Mediation, Translation, (Mis-)Interpretation

  • Todd Davies (Symbolic Systems Program, Stanford University, USA)
    From Messages to Meetings: The Challenge and Promise of Online Deliberation

  • Simon French (Manchester Business School, UK)
    The TED programme: Issues and Progress in Deliberative e-Democracy
    (partly with David Rios Insua, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain, and Fabrizio Ruggeri, CNR-IMATI, Italy)

  • Gregory Kersten (Concordia University, Canada)
    E-negotiations and the design of participatory processes with configurable multi-user software platforms

  • David R. Newman (Queen's University Belfast, UK)
    Valuing participation
  • Liam J. Bannon is Professor of Computer Science in the Dept. of Computer Science and Information Systems and Director of the Interaction Design Centre at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He has held appointments in several Universities in Canada, the USA, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, France, Italy and The Netherlands. His research is in conceptual foundations of human-centred design, with a focus on collaborative practices, participatory design, and evaluation issues, and has published in the HCI, CSCW, Interaction Design and Information Systems research fields. He is involved in several EU funded research projects. He is a founding editor of the CSCW Journal, and is serving, or has served, on the editorial boards of several other Journals, including: Cognition, Technology & Work; Computer-Assisted Learning, Requirements Engineering, Co-Design, Behaviour & information Technology, Universal Access in the Information Society, and Web Based Communities. He is the co-editor of several books, including, with Zenon Pylyshyn, Perspectives on the Computer Revolution (Ablex, 1989).

    Todd Davies is Associate Director and Lecturer in the Symbolic Systems Program at Stanford University. He joined the staff of Symbolic Systems as program coordinator in 1994, while he was a graduate student in Psychology, ending his first stint in 1996, and returning in 2000. He is now the associate director under Ivan Sag, who is the director of Symbolic Systems. He taught psychology at Koc University in Istanbul (1996-'99) and did a year of full-time global justice activism (1999-2000). He teaches and does research on the psychological and technical aspects of social decisions. His earlier background was in statistics (B.S./M.S., Stanford, 1985), artificial intelligence (SRI AI Center, 1985-'91) and psychology (Ph.D., Stanford, 1995)

    Simon French is Professor of Information and Decision Sciences at Manchester Business School, UK. Simon has had a varied academic career working at different times in Departments of Decision Theory, Statistics, Operational Research and Information Systems, and, a long time ago, molecular biophysics. Throughout his interest has been in supporting judgement, inference and decision. He is author of several books on decision theory and analysis, was founding editor of the Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis. He has worked closely with the nuclear industry on the use of multi-criteria decision analysis and safety decisions; and was a member of the International Chernobyl Project, leading the team which looked at the issues driving decision making in the aftermath of the accident, running five decision conferences within the Soviet Union. It was his experience on the Chernobyl Project that led him to realise the paramount importance of including good information management and communication as an integral part of risk management. Recently he has been working in the areas of public risk communication. e-democracy and societal risk governance.

    Gregory E. Kersten is a professor of decision and negotiation systems at the John Molson School of Business and the Director of the InterNeg Research Centre at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He is a Vice-Chairperson of the INFORMS Group Decision and Negotiation College and a departmental editor of the Group Decision and Negotiation Journal. Gregory’s research in¬terests include decision-making, negotiations, artificial intelligence, and decision support and simulation. He has co-authored and edited three books and has published over a hundred articles in refereed journals. He developed and co-developed four systems to support and simulate decision-making and negotiations: NEGO (developed in 1981) has been used for several years in executive courses, an expert system shell Nego¬plan used for hostage-taking and medical simulations, a web-based e-negotiation system Inspire and most recently Invite, an e-negotiation software platform used to generate various systems and conduct comparative studies.

    David Newman is a Lecturer in Information Systems in the School of Management at Queen's University Belfast. He used to work on Appropriate Technology for the Third World, in Nairobi and Maputo, but decided to work somewhere safe for a change. So he went to Belfast before the trouble ended. His research in Belfast has been on appropriate ICTs for community informatics, e-consultation, e-government and constructivist e-learning.