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Title: From the Blogosphere into Real Politics: The Use of ICT by the Five Star Movement
Authors: Sæbø, Øystein
Braccini, Alessio Maria
Federici, Tommaso
Keywords: E - Democracy;E - participation;Transparency;Online Communities
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Springer
Source: Sæbø, Ø., Braccini, A.M., Federici, T. 2014. From the Blogosphere into Real Politics: The Use of ICT by the Five Star Movement. "Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organizations". Information to Smart Society - Environment, Politics and Economics. Berlin, Springer
Research on ICT and the public discourse often focuses on how ICT can be used to increase citizen
participation in political decision-making processes. The Italian Five Star Movement (5SM) represents a
novel approach to using ICT to include citizens, and a big challenge for the traditional political actors. The
5SM was initiated outside the established political systems, with the use of Internet tools as cornerstones to
promote political actions based on the directly expressed will of citizens. In this paper, based on an
exploratory case study approach and informed by the introduction of E-Democracy models, we investigate
the role of ICT in various phases of the 5SM, from its birth through the current stage. The focus here is on the
transformation from a protest organisation outside the established political processes to being the second most
voted party within the Italian parliament.
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