I am interested in the ways Internet technology can change democratic decision-making, particularly in the area of urban planning.
For the Masters of Community Planning degree I received from the University of Maryland I wrote a final paper titled, Citizen Participation and the Internet in Urban Planning. (PDF)
I decided to focus on the history and theory of participation to guide the development of a new model. How have urban planners engaged with the public in the past? What academic theory and professional values guide conventional (offline) participation processes? I then use my findings to describe both why and how the Internet should be used by urban planners. I translated the paper’s ideas into a series of blog posts published Summer 2008.
- Series Introduction
- Part 1: Urban Planning and E-Government
- Part 2: A Brief History of Public Participation in Urban Planning
- Part 3: Participation Theory
- Part 4: The Internet as a Participation Tool
Related posts on this topic include:
- Government as Data Source
- Software for e-Government
- Report Finds Public Participation Improves Policy
- Urban Planning with Digital Tools
- Web 2.0 for Urban Development