Democratic Interfaces - Decision-Making Tools for Online Communities

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.advisor Botero, Andrea Fatland, Eirik 2014-02-12T12:27:22Z 2014-02-12T12:27:22Z 2007
dc.description.abstract ’Democratic interfaces’ presents a design exploration into mobilizing the potential of the Internet for enabling newand more inclusive forms of democracy. Drawing on online deliberation research, the thesis argues that successful online democracy will need to facilitate open and informed discussion (deliberation) as a prerequisite for democratic decision-making. The potential for deliberative democracy on the Internetis explored through proposed user interface designs for online deliberation software:WebTing, a tool to facilitate democratic assemblies for online communities; and the website, a campaign for a more inclusive constitutional process in the European Union. Further proposals are annotated as a pattern language and documented as they appear in the design process. The outcomes of this thesis work are relevant for the design and study of communtiy-enabling software, and in particular online deliberation and discussion software. Methods used are characteristic of interaction design, including information-gathering, sketching, prototypingand usability evaluation. Particular attention is paid to the challenges of designing community-enabling software, and to the normative influence of user interface design on user behaviour.These considerations suggest a need for new design methods independent of the HCI tradition, focused on user-to-user rather than user-to-system interaction, and on a prescriptive rather than reactive design practice. en
dc.format.extent 107
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Democratic Interfaces - Decision-Making Tools for Online Communities en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.contributor.department Media Lab en
dc.contributor.department Medialaboratorio fi
dc.subject.keyword Online deliberation en
dc.subject.keyword social software en
dc.subject.keyword e-democracy en
dc.subject.keyword virtual communities en
dc.subject.keyword interaction design en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201312108082
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Kommonen, Kari-Hans
dc.programme MA in New Media en
dc.programme Uuden median maisteriohjelma fi

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