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The maturing concept of e-democracy: from e-voting and online consultations to democratic value out of jumbled online chatter
Abstract Early literature on e-democracy was dominaEarly literature on e-democracy was dominated by euphoric claims about the benefits of e-voting (digital direct democracy) or continuous online citizen consultations (digital representative democracy). High expectations have gradually been replaced with more genuine approaches that aim to break with the dichotomy of traditional notions of direct and representative democracy. The ensuing question relates to the adequate design of information and communication technology {(ICT)} applications to foster such visions. This article contributes to this search and discusses issues concerning the adequate institutional framework. Recently, so-called Web 2.0 applications, such as social networking and Wikipedia, have proven that it is possible for millions of users to collectively create meaningful content online. While these recent developments are not necessarily labeled e-democracy in the literature, this article argues that they and related applications have the potential to fulfill the promise of breaking with the longstanding democratic trade-off between group size (direct mass voting on predefined issues) and depth of argument (deliberation and discourse in a small group). Complementary information-structuring techniques are at hand to facilitate large-scale deliberations and the negotiation of interests between members of a group. This article presents three of these techniques in more depth: weighted preference voting, argument visualization, and the Semantic Web initiative. Notwithstanding these developments, the maturing concept of e-democracy still faces serious challenges. Questions remain in political and computer science disciplines that ask about adequate institutional frameworks, the omnipresent democratic challenges of equal access and free participation, and the appropriate technological design. Adapted from the source document. design. Adapted from the source document.
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Conclusion Applications for e-democracy can be designApplications for e-democracy can be designed and developed using today Web 2.0 applications like online social networks and Wikipedia and using intelligent methods of information management. Yet there are other aspects of democracy and participation that should be learned from experiences of political parties.ned from experiences of political parties.
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Doi 10.1080/19331680802715242 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22The%2Bmaturing%2Bconcept%2Bof%2Be-democracy%3A%2Bfrom%2Be-voting%2Band%2Bonline%2Bconsultations%2Bto%2Bdemocratic%2Bvalue%2Bout%2Bof%2Bjumbled%2Bonline%2Bchatter%22  +
Has author Martin Hilbert +
Has domain Computer science + , Information systems + , Political science +
Has topic Deliberative collaboration + , Policies and governance +
Issue 2  +
Month April  +
Pages 87-110  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Journal of Information Technology & Politics +
Research design Conceptual  +
Research questions The ensuing question relates to the adequate design of information and communication technology (ICT) applications to foster such visions. This article contributes to this search and discusses issues concerning the adequate institutional framework.
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Theories Information-structuring techniques can helInformation-structuring techniques can help to untangle prose through methodological approaches to argumentation. The theory of argumentation is at the heart of deliberative democracy and can be defined as a social activity of reason aimed at increasing or decreasing the acceptability of a controversial standpoint by putting forward a constellation of arguments intended to justify or refute the standpoint before a rational judge (Van Eemeren, Grootendorst, & Henkemans, 1996, p. 5)Grootendorst, & Henkemans, 1996, p. 5)
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Title The maturing concept of e-democracy: from e-voting and online consultations to democratic value out of jumbled online chatter
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Url http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19331680802715242  +
Volume 6  +
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Year 2009  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:30:43  +
Categories Deliberative collaboration  + , Policies and governance  + , Computer science  + , Information systems  + , Political science  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:31:48  +
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