Viewpoint: Empowering communities with situated voting devices

Nick Taylor, Justin Marshall, Alicia Blum-Ross, John Mills, Jon Rogers, Paul Egglestone, David M. Frohlich, Peter Wright, Patrick Olivier

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings - The 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012
Pages1361-1370
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2012
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2012 - Austin, United States of America
Duration: 5 May 201210 May 2012
Conference number: 30th

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2012
Abbreviated titleCHI 2012
CountryUnited States of America
CityAustin
Period5/05/1210/05/12

Keywords

  • Civic engagement
  • Community
  • E-democracy
  • Information appliances
  • Participation
  • Voting

Cite this

Taylor, N., Marshall, J., Blum-Ross, A., Mills, J., Rogers, J., Egglestone, P., ... Olivier, P. (2012). Viewpoint: Empowering communities with situated voting devices. In Conference Proceedings - The 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012 (pp. 1361-1370) https://doi.org/10.1145/2207676.2208594