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Viewpoint: empowering communities with situated voting devices

Taylor, Nick, Marshall, Justin, Blum-Ross, Alicia, Mills, John, Rogers, Jon, Egglestone, Paul, Frohlich, David M., Wright, Peter and Oliver, Patrick (2012) Viewpoint: empowering communities with situated voting devices. In: Konstan, Joseph, A., (ed.) Chi '12 Proceedings of the Sigchi Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Austin, Tx, Usa, May 5-10, 2012. ACM Press, New York, US, pp. 1361-1370. ISBN 9781450310154

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Identification Number: 10.1145/2207676.2208594


Viewpoint is a public voting device developed to allow residents in a disadvantaged community to make their voices heard through a simple, lightweight interaction. This was intended to open a new channel of communication within the community and increase community members' perception of their own efficacy. Local elected officials and community groups were able to post questions on devices located in public spaces, where residents could vote for one of two responses. Question authors were subsequently required to post a response indicating any actions to be taken. Following a two-month trial, we present our experiences and contribute guidelines for the design of public democracy tools and dimensions impacting their effectiveness, including credibility, efficacy and format.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2012 Association for Computing Machinery
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2014 14:46
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2024 23:34
Funders: SIGCHI ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction

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