Ileger: a web based application for participative elections

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I leger a web based application for participative elections
epart2011 Conference
September, 2011
Delft, Netherland

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Ileger: a web based application for participative elections

  1. 1. iLeger: A Web Based Application for Participative<br />Elections<br />Pedro Agante<br />Libertrium<br />pedroagante@libertrium.com<br />Luís Borges Gouveia<br />University Fernando Pessoa<br />lmbg@ufp.edu.pt<br />Artur Afonso Sousa <br />PolytechnicInstituteof Viseu<br />ajas@di.estv.ipv.pt<br />2011 – Delft, Holland<br />
  2. 2. Improve interaction between candidates and citizens during the electoral period.<br />Encourage citizen participation<br />Narrowthe gap between citizens and politicians<br />Foster debate, deliberation and knowledge sharing<br />Project Objectives<br />
  3. 3. What is iLeger?<br />Web platform that joins the key stakeholders in an election and allows the creation and management of multiple participation events.<br />
  4. 4. Questions from the community<br />Citizens raise questions, in previously defined topics, simultaneously to all candidates. <br />Candidates answer the best questions.<br />Citizenscomparesidebyside the answers from different candidates to the same question.<br />
  5. 5. Proposals and ideas from the community<br />Gather the ideas from the community to solve the problemsondifferenttopicsofgovernance. <br />Encourage citizens to expose what they would do if they were the candidates and highlight the best ideas.<br />
  6. 6. The opinion of the community - Polls<br />Invite citizens to express their views on key issues of the election.<br />
  7. 7. Live debates<br />Create an open dialogue between citizens and candidates or representatives of the candidatures.<br />
  8. 8. Platform Management<br />Manage user and editorial content through a dedicated backoffice.<br />Main features:<br />Management of participation events<br />Content management<br />User management<br />Moderation<br />
  9. 9. The 2011 Portuguese Presidential Elections<br />23512 unique visitors and 947 distinct users who have logged in.<br />logged in unique visitors ratio ≈ 4%<br />The editor accepted 187 of the 253 questions and 181 of the 201 ideas proposed by the users<br />Rejection rate of 10%<br />
  10. 10. The 2011 Portuguese Presidential Elections<br />Fromthe 23512 uniquevisitors, 9862 entered iLeger for the first time during live debates.<br />Great interest of citizens to participate in live events of short duration<br />Fromthe 23512 uniquevisitors, 845 usersactively interacted (written content and voting) with iLeger<br />3.5% of unique visitors actively participating in iLeger<br />
  11. 11. The 2011 Portuguese Presidential Elections<br />Fromthe947 distinct users who have logged in, 845 usersactively interacted (written content and voting) with iLeger<br />89% of the users that logged in, actively participated in iLeger<br />All the six candidatures were invited to join and participate in iLeger and all of them accepted<br />
  12. 12. iLeger – Timeline<br />September 2009 – ParlamentaryElectionsin Portugal (testVersion)<br />October 2009 – Local Electionsin Portugal (testinVISEU)<br />October 2010 – PartnershipPortugal Telecom Portal - SAPO<br />December2010 – Elections for HeadofthePortugueseMedicalAssociation<br />January 2011 - PortuguesePresidentialElections<br />
  13. 13. Conclusions<br />Candidates are well aware of the current momentum in Internet-based social networks and dedicate more and more financial and humanresources for transmitting their messages across the electorate through Web channels.<br />From the experience gather during the 2011 Portuguese presidential election we can conclude that publicity is a key factor in this kind of initiatives. <br />Webelieve that continuous dialogue may also improve citizen trust and accountability of politicians, although more research is needed to confirm this assumption.<br />
  14. 14. Future Work<br />Support for candidate-staff workflow<br />Incorporate comments in the section dedicated to citizen polls to foster deliberation about the issues under discussion<br />Implement citizen reputation schemes<br />Develop notification mechanism on updates<br />Display charts with statistical information derived from the contents of iLeger<br />
  15. 15.  Thank y u<br />www.liberopinion.com<br />

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