Report on Digital Television and Civic Participation

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Helsinki, 15 June, 2005 — Report on Digital Television and Civic Participation

The report publishes results from the research project ”Digital television and civic participation”, commis-sioned by the Government’s Programme on Citizenship Politics (Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice) and the ArviD programme of the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The objective of the research was to find means through which digital television could enhance the interac-tion of citizens, organisations and government in decision-making and social development.

The focus was on a wide definition of civic participation: in addition to citizen’s access to and participation in information, decision-making and planning, the research emphasised the citizens’ activity as producer in peer-to-peer communications. Technologically the research was framed within the landscape of the year 2007, situating digital television in a multi-channel networked environment.

The research mapped out needs from the points of view of civil society and government and collected best practices from existing services. The project involved extensive interviews with actors of civil society and digital television as well as concept workshops with senior citizens (National Consumer Research Centre) and DTV developers. Altogether 150 persons contributed their views to the project.

The report has three main parts:
1) A general overview describes the challenges and opportunities of civic participation and digital television in the changing landscape of political culture and digital communications.

2) An overview of the situation in 2005 describes the interviewed actors’ motivations and presents good practices from Finland and internationally.

3) Concept and format sketches present generic models and services for civic participation in digital televi-sion.

The publication is available in pdf form (in Finnish).

Minna Tarkka, m-cult
Kari A. Hintikka, TIEKE Finnish Information Society Development Centre
Oili Salminen, TIEKE Finnish Information Society Development Centre

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