Vol 11, No 1 (2015)

The non-government and voluntary sector, ICT, and democracy

Online tools make large scale organisation of volunteer activities easier at the same time as the public sphere is becoming more difficult to navigate, demanding an ever higher level of digital literacy of those who want to participate. NGOs play an important role in creating and maintaining alternative public spheres by providing not only infrastructure, but by accommodating people’s need to belong, for recognition and for places to meet.
This special issue contains contributions from research that examines, in different ways, how the voluntary sector uses ICT to support both internally, its democratic structures, and externally, democracy in the community. The authors represented in this issue come from a variety of disciplines such as computer science, economics, political science and informatics, and the studies they present come from four different continents covering the use of online phenomena such as crowdsourcing, community journalism, blogging and social media.


Karin Hansson, Dept. of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University & Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm (khansson@dsv.su.se)


  • Rowena Cullen, Professor Ph.D. Associate Dean, Research, Victoria Business School, University of Wellington
  • Johannes W. Pichler Professor Ph.D. Chair Professor for European Legal Developments. Head of the Department, Dept. for European Legal Developments, Law Faculty, University of Graz
  • Love Ekenberg Professor Ph.D. 
Dept. of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, and The  International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, IIASA.
  • Jeremy Rose Professor Ph.D. Dept. of Communication and Information, University of Skövde
  • Frank Bannister, Associate Professor Ph.D. School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin
  • Jakob Svensson, Associate Professor Ph.D. Dept. of Informatics and Media, Uppsala university
  • Peter Parycek, Ph.D. Head of Centre, Centre for E-Governance, Danube-University Krems

Table of Contents


Karin Hansson, Frank Bannister
Johan Hellström
Fabio Senne, Alexandre Barbosa
Marius Rohde Johannessen
Lisa Hansson, Elin Wihlborg
Supriya Rakesh, Rahul De