Thursday, July 9, 2015: 9:00 AM-10:45 AM
S10 (13 rue de l'Université)
The aim of the panel is to shed light on the consequences that the diffusion of new communication technologies are having on the EU architecture and on European spheres of interaction. Based on the assumption that the increasing diffusion of the Internet represents an enabling condition essential to the development of open government policies, De Blasio and Selva examine the European Commission’s Digital Agenda. They identify different models of open data implementation according to specific barriers and drivers. De Chiara will investigate how open data might help assess the European Cohesion policy by exploring some open data initiatives, above the open EU-spending. In particular, she will consider the role of the follow-the-money campaigns conducted by the open data movement in order to improve the demand for transparency and accountability on the EU level. Papadopoulou will look at the processes through which a transnational public sphere is being constructed. Here emphasis will be on the effects of the new communication technologies on the shaping of new political discourses. Bebiæ and Vuèkoviæ examine identity formation process taking place on the European plane, focusing on the Croatian citizens. The fifth paper briefly resumes the debate between representative and participatory democracy at the EU level. It then moves on to examine different democratic practices and how they can be facilitated through the advent of ubiquitous government (uGovernment) technology. The final paper considers how specific forms of cooperation might undermine the possibility to intervene by institutions including the European Commission and European Parliament.