Deliberative Platform Design: The Case Study of the Online Discussions in Decidim Barcelona

  • Pablo Aragón
  • Andreas Kaltenbrunner
  • Antonio Calleja-López
  • Andrés Pereira
  • Arnau Monterde
  • Xabier E. Barandiaran
  • Vicenç Gómez
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10540)

Abstract

With the irruption of ICTs and the crisis of political representation, many online platforms have been developed with the aim of improving participatory democratic processes. However, regarding platforms for online petitioning, previous research has not found examples of how to effectively introduce discussions, a crucial feature to promote deliberation. In this study we focus on the case of Decidim Barcelona, the online participatory-democracy platform launched by the City Council of Barcelona in which proposals can be discussed with an interface that combines threaded discussions and comment alignment with the proposal. This innovative approach allows to examine whether neutral, positive or negative comments are more likely to generate discussion cascades. The results reveal that, with this interface, comments marked as negatively aligned with the proposal were more likely to engage users in online discussions and, therefore, helped to promote deliberative decision making.

Keywords

Human computer interfaces Online deliberation Civic participation Technopolitics Online discussions Discussion threads 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pablo Aragón
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andreas Kaltenbrunner
    • 2
  • Antonio Calleja-López
    • 3
  • Andrés Pereira
    • 4
  • Arnau Monterde
    • 3
  • Xabier E. Barandiaran
    • 5
    • 6
  • Vicenç Gómez
    • 1
  1. 1.Universitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.EurecatTechnology Center of CataloniaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Internet Interdisciplinary InstituteUniversitat Oberta de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.ALabs.orgMadridSpain
  5. 5.Ajuntament de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  6. 6.School of Social Work, UPV/EHUUniversity of the Basque CountryVitoria-GasteizSpain

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