30 June – 2 July, 2010
Leeds University Business School, UK

The widespread diffusion of the Internet and a growing trend towards democratisation worldwide have encouraged new modes, projects and visions of citizen participation in decision making and governance.

OD2010 aims to bring together researchers, developers and practitioners from a wide range of academic and applied backgrounds to provide a unique opportunity to better understand the notion of deliberation in a virtual environment and to discuss specific advances in online deliberation from a number of different disciplinary perspectives.

The conference is aimed at those who wish to update themselves on recent developments in online deliberation, understand how other groups are applying the tools and techniques and exchange ideas with leading international experts.

OD2010 follows the traditions of previous high-level scientific conferences. It is organized by key experts in the field and is supported by a multidisciplinary programme committee. This is the first time the conference has been held outside the USA.


read all the papers presented at the conference in Proceedings

Keynote Speakers

Richard Allan - 'Social Politics - Lessons from the UK Election on Facebook'
Head of Public Affairs for Facebook Europe
(Wednesday, 30th June - 6.00pm)

Beth Noveck - 'The View from the White House'
Director of the White House Open Government Initiative
(Friday, 2 July - 1.45pm - through video link)

Research paper sessions

see all the slides presented at the conference in Programme and Slides


see the panelists' notes and slides Programme and Slides
  • Why Online Deliberation? chaired by Scott Wright, University of East Anglia
  • Emerging Technologies for Online Deliberation, chaired by Simon Buckingham Shum, Open University
  • Online Deliberation in the Post-Soviet Context, chaired by Yuri Misnikov, University of Leeds
  • The Leeds Declaration: The Future of Citizenship: The Loudest Shout or the Best Argument?, chaired by Giles Moss, University of Leeds

Pre-Conference Workshop

ODET 2010: Online Deliberation Emerging Tools