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Liberopinion: a web platform for enhancing e-Democracy


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Liberopinion: a web platform for enhancing e-Democracy
e-challenges, October 2010
Varsovia, Poland
Artur Sousa, Pedro Agante, Luis Borges Gouveia

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Liberopinion: a web platform for enhancing e-Democracy

  1. 1. Artur Afonso Sousa ESTV Pedro Agante Libertrium Liberopinion: a web platform for enhancing e-Democracy Luís Borges Gouveia University Fernando Pessoa
  2. 2. • Enable independent online interaction between the stakeholders in a democratic process • Encourage citizen participation • Narrow the gap between citizens and politicians • Foster debate, deliberation and knowledge sharing • Create a wide community about eDemocracy This Project aims to
  3. 3. Governmeter enables monitoring and deliberation about the government performance Elections concentrates the main stakeholders of an election in a single place and enables multidirectional communication
  4. 4. • Concentrate in an independent online channel the stakeholders in a general election • Give voice to the citizens, enabling them to submit questions about their concerns through an independent, structured and civilised channel • Allow citizens to compare, side-by-side, the candidates’ answers to the questions (at least to the best questions as voted by the community) • Create means for citizens to contribute with suggestions to solve the problems faced by the community • Allow citizens to compare comments by the candidates to these suggestions (at lest to the best ideas as voted by the community) • Enable citizens to compare in a single place and with a structured format the measures proposed in the electoral program of the candidates Elections – Main Objectives
  5. 5. Elections
  6. 6. • Citizens submit questions and ideas over a range of pre-defined topics. • Citizes vote their interest on the questions and suggestions in order to create the Top of the most relevant questions and suggestions • Candidates answer the questions and comment the suggestions • Candidates publish their electoral program organized by topics • Citizens compare the candidates’ electoral programs • Debate zones – For candidates – For citizens and candidates Elections – Main Features
  7. 7. Elections – Timeline September 2009 – parlamentary elections in Portugal (test Version) October 2009 – local elections in Portugal (test Version in VISEU) October 2010 – Partnership SAPO December 2010 – Elections for Head of the Portuguese Medical Association January 2011 - Portuguese Presidential elections
  8. 8. Elections in real-time – candidates in Portuguese national elections (October 2009)
  9. 9. Future work - Elections • Support for candidate-staff workflow • How to prevent questions and suggestions with the same content? • How to manage a large amount of questions and suggestions?
  10. 10. Governmeter
  11. 11. • Allow citizens to verify and to analyze the performance of the different governments, including the current one, for each statistical indicator. • Allow citizens to analyze and comment if the objectives set by the government in the electoral program, as well as the ones defined during the legislative period are being fulfilled. • Provide the means for the community to debate in a structured, civilized and open way all measures being proposed by the government and deliberate their advantages and disadvantages. – The measures include the ones proposed in the electoral program, as well as the ones undertaken during the legislative period Governmeter – Main Objectives
  12. 12. Main 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 Parlament. Governmeter – Main Features
  13. 13. Future work - Governmeter • Public data API • Semantic integration between the three areas • Support e-petitions
  14. 14. • Interaction with existing social networks (Twitter, Facebook) • Incorporation of features of social networks such as, follow citizen and candidate, follow question, among others. • Receive automatic update notifications about followed users and questions • All citizen submissions are subject to moderation under the Terms of Service Elections and Governmeter – Additional Features
  15. 15. Liberopinion - Summary • We believe that it is useful for society to have an application that unites, in a single, neutral and civilized place, the stakeholders in the electoral process so as to allow multidirectional communication between them. • We consider that it is necessary to have an online presence that promotes, in a single, neutral and civilized place, ongoing monitoring and debate about the government activity.
  16. 16. Thank y u
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  23. 23. Interface – submit question
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  29. 29. Interface - answers
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  33. 33. Liberopinion - Governmeter
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  35. 35. − Beta version − Two versions, parliamentary and one local election − 3000 unique visitors and 380 registered users − Parliamentary elections: 118 questions, 43 proposals, 1 active  candidate − Viseu local elections: 2 active candidates answering almost all  the questions (97% from a total of 33 questions) Case study: the Portuguese 2009 elections