I'm going to be a grumpy old bloke and raise two cheers. After all, last year's website - and apparently the conference itself - was pretty poor (non-existent community, Web2 experts who admitted they'd never built anything resembling a web2 site, zero participation during the event, etc.), but it was a first, at least.
But a Call for proposals by email? Hasn't anyone heard of participation?
In a second irony, the 2010 website doesn't even mention the 2011 one. So much for communication...
Just read a contribution from one of the keynote speakers, Mikołaj Dowgielewicz, Polish Secretary of State for EU Affairs:
"We are all trying to make use of the latest technological developments, principally Web 2.0 and the social media in particular. These are the forums that young people are using for discussion. But simply operating on these platforms is no guarantee of success in this field. We need to devote a lot more time to these applications than we would to the traditional media. It is not possible to simply create a page or a profile and to then disappear for days or weeks on end. You have to maintain a presence and gain a loyal following. We are not dealing here with passive consumers of information. People who use social media expect rapid responses and interaction. Even if young people today are unable to sustain their interest in a subject over long periods of time, they are more than capable of getting actively involved in a discussion as soon as something grabs their attention in the news."