Digital MediationforPublic ParticipationLuis Borges GouveiaUniversity Fernando Pessoalmbg@ufp.edu.ptArtur Afonso SousaPolytechnic Institute of Viseuajas@di.estv.ipv.ptPedro AganteLibertriumpedroagante@libertrium.com
ProblemCommunication gap between citizens and politicians TV debates, TV clips, newspapers, radio station, political parties/government websites, Facebook, Twitter politicians emails, calls,... citizens Emails, calls Blogs Facebook, Twitter, ... citizens politicians
The Project aims to• Narrow the gap between citizens and politicians• Enable independent online interaction and Communication between the stakeholders in a democratic process• Encourage citizen participation• Foster debate, deliberation and knowledge sharing• Create wide eDemocracy communities
SolutionCreate from the ground up a dedicated communication channel between citizens and politicians Democracy for a New Age www.liberopinion.net
SolutionCreate from the ground up a dedicated communication channel between citizens and politicians Governmeter enables monitoring and Liberopinion units , in a single, neutral and deliberation about the government activity regulated place, citizens and politicians, and and performance enables multidirectional communication between them
Liberopinion A Web application, based on Social Media principles, that unites, in a single, neutral and regulated place, citizens and politicians, so as to allow structured and multidirectional communication between them.
Liberopinion – Scenario 1 Elections Liberopinion Elections Identify the best questions submitted and voted by the community (e.g. Top 10) Collect and compare the candidates’ answers Identify the best ideas from the community members to address key campaign issues Debate and rate the candidates’ electoral program Poll the community about campaign issues Live debates with campaign figures
Liberopinion Elections – TimelineElection Month YearPortuguese Parliamentary Elections (iLeger) June 201121.486 unique visitors – 1,5 weekPortuguese Presidential Elections (iLeger) January 201123.512 unique visitors – 2 weeksElections for Head of the Portuguese Medical Association December 2010Test version (iLeger)Partnership Portugal Telecom Portal - SAPO December 2010Local Elections in Portugal October 2009Test in VISEUParliamentary Elections in Portugal September 2009Test in VISEU
Liberopinion – Scenario 2Local government Liberopinion City Citizens propose topics to debate during City Hall meetings Questions from citizens to City Hall members (e.g. for interviews) Identify the best ideas from the community members to solve a specific local problem Poll the community about local issues Live debates with politicians and experts See a demo in http://city.liberopinion.com
Liberopinion City – QuestionsQuestions to a political/experts paneland comparison of answers
GovernmeterMain Features:• Graphic display of the main statistical indicators.• Citizens submit their own analysis about the evolution of the statistical indicators.• Citizens give their point of view about whether the Government objectives have been fulfilled.• Citizens debate the measures proposed by the Government and Parliament.
ReferencesFor more information: Afonso Sousa, A., Agante, P., Borges Gouveia, L.: iLeger - a Web based Application for Participative Elections. Third International Conference on eParticipation - ePart 2011, Springer-Verlag LNCS 6847, pp. 228-239, Delft, Netherlands, 2011 URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/x24p3m43r18628w1/ Afonso Sousa, A., Agante, P., Borges Gouveia, L.: Governmeter: Monitoring Government Performance. A Web based Application proposal. EGOVIS 2010 - International Conference on Electronic Government and the Information Systems Perspective, Springer-Verlag LNCS 6267, pp. 158-165, Bilbao, Spain, 2010 URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/2114107728885251/ Afonso de Sousa, A., Agante, P., Borges Gouveia, L.: Liberopinion: Democracy for a New Age, Presentation in the World E-Gov Forum for the European eDemocracy Award 2010, Paris, France, 13-15 October 2010. URL: http://www.slideshare.net/lmbg/liberopinion-democracy-for-a-new-age
Call for interaction• Develop frameworks to evaluate the quality of: – Citizen submitted contents – Deliberation – Participation• Use Liberopinion Elections in the US Presidential Elections 2012• Assess impact of Liberopinion and Governmeter in local public participation – Comparative analysis of case studies• Assess application of Gamification principles into eParticipation projects• Comparison of algorithms for identifying and preventing duplicate submissions – Semantic analysis of eParticipation submissions/data• Use of data Mashups in eParticipation projects• Create manual of best practices for eParticipation projects
Other references Afonso de Sousa, A., Borges Gouveia, L., “Governmeter: a Web Application for Monitoring Governmental Activity”, Proceedings of 6th Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies – CISTI2011, Chaves, Portugal, 2011. IEEE-CS. URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=5974199 Afonso de Sousa, A., Agante, P., Borges Gouveia, L., “Liberopinion: a Web Platform for enhancing e-Democracy”, In Proceedings of eChallenges e-2010, Warsaw, Poland, 2010. IEEE-CS. URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=5756585 Afonso de Sousa, A., Agante, P., Borges Gouveia, L., “Liberopinion as an enabling platform for elections 2.0”, Proceedings of the 8th Eastern European eGov Days: Changing Concepts & eGovernment as a Service, Prague City Hall, Czech Republic, April 2010. Afonso de Sousa, A., Borges Gouveia, L., “Liberopinion: a Web Platform for Elections 2.0”, Proceedings of 5th Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies – CISTI2010, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2010. IEEE-CS. URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=5556648 To appear: Afonso de Sousa, A., Borges Gouveia, L., “Proposta de mediação digital para a participação pública direta em períodos eleitorais”, Proceedings of 7th Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies – CISTI2012, Madrid, Spain, 2012. Submitted: Afonso Sousa, A., Agante, P., Borges Gouveia, L.: A worked proposal on eParticipation for state wide elections. EGOVIS 2012 - International Conference on Electronic Government and the Information Systems Perspective, Vienna, Austria, 2012.