Highlights from the Conference on Information and ICT Initiatives for Citizen Involvement (IITEC 2016)

The Amazon basin has changed. Although it is still one of the last wild frontiers of the world, there are many cities growing along the Solimões River coexisting with distant villages in the forest where digital practices of communication and data transfer are non-existent. These populations search for the opportunity to flourish in a fair and just society. We wanted to bring experts, researchers, practitioners and activists from around the world to create awareness about how ICT mediation can support citizenship in governance. This was the goal of organizing a conference on Information and ICT Initiatives for Citizen Involvement.

Deepti Bharthur from IT For Change and Dario Sebastian Berrío Gil from Universidad Nacional, presented highlights from their research on e-Participation in India and Colombia. Michel Menou, a former member of University College, London, illustrated with examples, the limitations of ICTs in the face of flawed decisions.