There is a lecture on Civic Participation and e-Voting, taking place at Conestoga College next Monday, 27 July 2015. The lecturer, Kirk Zurell is well known in the Kitchener-Waterloo tech community; I’m planning on going.
You can register at Eventbrite: All Those in Favour, Click ‘Aye’. Note that this lecture is not sponsored by the Green Party.
From Conestoga College Events:
User Experience Guest Lecture Series: All Those in Favour, Click ‘Aye’ – The Struggle for Civic Tech
27 July 27 2015, 5:00pm
If a billion people around the world can over-share their lives on social media, why are voting rates still so low? Can e-participation systems coax more residents into taking part in civic life?
In this session, we will apply technology to the role of the voter, resident, and taxpayer. Civic technologies, including e-participation are increasing in popularity, with dedicated labs and businesses springing up to help citizens manage their “red boxes.”
How do user experiences and expectations compare to those of commercial services? How does civic tech affect the roles of the citizen, the political, and the civil servant?
Kirk Zurell, Research Entrepreneurs Accelerating Prosperity (REAP) Professional University of Waterloo
Kirk Zurell writes op-ed articles for newspapers on topics in civic life. Kirk takes part in civic life through the Compass Kitchener citizen engagement committee and Waterloo Voter Support Committee. He provides information technology support at The Working Centre and investigates digital media at University of Waterloo’s Research Entrepreneurs Accelerating Prosperity (REAP).
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Conestoga College, Doon Campus, Main Building, Room 2A301 Map
This guest lecture is free to attend but does require registration: Eventbrite: All Those in Favour, Click ‘Aye’
For more information, contact Dalibor Dvorski. firstname.lastname@example.org