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User-Centric Technology Design for Nonprofit and Civic Engagements

Volume 9 of the series Public Administration and Information Technology pp 91-111

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Exploring Civic Engagement on Public Displays

  • Simo HosioAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Oulu Email author 
  • , Jorge GoncalvesAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Oulu
  • , Vassilis KostakosAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Oulu
  • , Jukka RiekkiAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Oulu

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Abstract

As civic participation is declining in western societies, emerging technologies offer novel opportunities for outreach activities. This chapter presents a series of incremental studies of interactive public displays to inform and elicit feedback about a local renovation project, with emphasis on civic engagement. Two questions are explored: (1) how does the public use and appropriate this technology for civic engagement? and (2) how can the design of feedback mechanisms improve the collected feedback? We describe how users appropriated this technology beyond its original purpose and show that feedback mechanisms promoting rapid interaction or a sense of community lead to increased participation. Through our study we highlight factors to consider in designing future civic engagement applications for public displays.