2017 International Communication Association Preconference 

The challenges and promises of participatory policy-making: Communication practices, design considerations and socio-technical processes.

Hosted by
CalIT2, UC San Diego

Supported by
CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, UC Berkeley
Department of Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago

Co-sponsored by
ICA Communication and Technology Division
ICA Communication Law and Policy Division
Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet)

May 25, 2017 | San Diego, CA
Room 5302, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego


09:00 am Breakfast

Opening Remarks by Pre-Conference Co-Chairs

  • Brandie Nonnecke, UC Berkeley (@BNonnecke)
  • Dmitry Epstein, University of Illinois at Chicago (@Think_Macro)
  • Tanja Aitamurto, Stanford University (@TanjaAita)


10:00 am In Pursuit of “Inclusive” Digital Platforms: Examining ICTs, Policy, and Alternative Spaces from an Activist/Organizer Perspective

  • Rachel Moran, Matthew Bui and Rogelio Lopez, University of Southern California

10:30 am Bridging Publics and Policy Makers: Civic-Engagement in Digital Rights Debates

  • James Losey, Stockholm University

11:00 am Barriers to Adoption: Lessons Learned from RegulationRoom.org

  • Mary Newhart and Joshua Brooks, Cornell University

11:30 am Designing e-Participation Processes and Platforms for Multistakeholder Internet Governance: Perceptions, Politics, and Practices in ICANN’s Implementation of IdeaScale

  • Brandie Nonnecke, UC Berkeley & Dmitry Epstein, University of Illinois at Chicago

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Policy Hacking: Citizen-based Law-making and Policy Code

  • Arne Hintz, Cardiff University [Presenting via videoconferencing]

1:30 pm The Value of Crowdsourcing in Public Policy-Making: Epistemic, Democratic and Economic Value.

  • Tanja Aitamurto and Kaiping Chen, Stanford University

2:00 pm Break (refreshments served) 

2:30 pm Discussion

  • What are the emerging themes and topics you’d like to examine further and why?
  • How could we examine those topics? (Research designs and collaborations)

4:00 pm Wrap-up

  • Conference Co-Chairs

4:30 pm Adjourn