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Web 2.0 Tools Connecting Research and Policy

There is a huge wealth of knowledge generated by research. And there are life-changing policies being made on all levels of governments and decision making institutions daily. Only small part of research findings usually 'soaks' into policy-makers' cabine
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Karel Novotný

on 4 March 2011

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Transcript of Web 2.0 Tools Connecting Research and Policy

Research
generates
knowledge Policies change people's lives Tons of documents
have been written about
the need to link the two
worlds But what have Web 2.0 tools do with it? They change the traditional roles
of who talks and who listens They've perfectionalized the art
of abbreviations/snapshots ...whether we like it or not That's all very sweet ...it's all very new Gvt's fight back... prohibiting Facebook at the workplace because they feel that their employees are no longer working.... Uruguay (January) Peru ? Individual institutions
elsewhere They're now NETworking instead! They are fast and easy to use They are starting to dominate
internet communication... Squeezing large message
into tiny space Or highlight
a small detail Some other drawbacks? Web 2.0 sphere's credibility keeps being questioned - lack of hierarchy and formal structures brings anonymity. And the usual challenges when trying to convince someone not F2F... from To rather something like This! And New ways of using internet Storing and using content online
Publishing without editors
Listening and talking to strangers
Keeping collaboration windows open
Sharing one's live with others online
Orgainzing content in new ways New web-based tools and services
that make it possible Tools for publishing and content sharing Blogs Blogspot Blogger Wordpress Online collaboration tools Collaborative document editing Google docs wikis Online notetaking tools etc., etc... Online drawing and mind-mapping tools Tools for (collaborative) research Social bookmarking tools Delicious Technorati Giffy Gapminder Livejournal Blogmarks Diigo Online meeting platforms & tools Elluminate WebEx DimDim iMeet etc., etc New media Audio/Video podcasting and streaming Photo
sharing Vimeo Blip.tv EngageMedia Youtube Etc. Flickr Picassa Social networking tools Skype Gizmo Twitter Google buzz FaceBook Diaspora Ning Orkut Elgg And... So how can these tools help with influencing policy? Key research findings Policy making process Key message who is influential? When I can be heard? What is on the agenda? Opportunities Web 2.0 channel Example 1 New "internet tax" in Mexico Example 2 ICT policy discourse in Peru Google Sites Hard evidence of direct impact is rather difficult to find It is much more common that ... web 2.0. help to establish communication and/or... change relationship between policy-makers and researchers The role of web 2.0 play in politics goes much beyond research and standard policy making. Web 2.0 tools are currently helping to verbalize people's disagreement and organize revolutions Bloggers become new public heroes with surprising influence Opressive governments are realizing it, they are persecuting bloggers and blocking social networking sites Or switching internet off altogther Potential for researchers to engage public in our cause ...how policies are being designed And that way influence ... By engaging larger spectrum of interested stakeholders The obvious... They can help to communicate research to key addressees because... [ even if ] What is web 2.0 then? December 2010 - The government discusses future policy on internet connectivity ICT policy researcher Jorge Bosio starts publishing a Facebook page, a blog, and a series of youtube videos on the issue He regularly publishes research findings, interviews and promotes his posts accross number of forums and social networking tools. These discussions attracted attention fom fellow researchers -> collaborative development of an expert document/proposal The proposal goes to multisectorial commission of the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunication Visibility of mentioned discussions + existence of expert document, = the comission meets researchers and CSO involved in the debate
(January 2011) influence on the policies for Sri Lanka’s mobile phone taxation scheme and Indonesia’s leased Internet lines. Regularly presenting research results on their blog & building relationships with policy-makers Example 3
(Asia-Pacific) LinerAsia - regional think tank on ICT policy and regulation "We take a great deal of pride in our contribution to the lowering of leased-line prices in Indonesia; but what we found was that we had also contributed to a similar process in Bangladesh. Grameenphone had used the benchmark data we publish every six months on the website in their submissions to the Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission, which had gone on to reduce domestic leased line prices." any challenges?
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