Democratic Citizenship Community: an e-Democratic application



The 'Democratic Citizenship Community' (DCC) was specified based on an investigation of a Government-Citizen Interaction Model, oriented toward discussion and voting. The DCC search to guarantee the effectiveness of the e-Participation of the citizens in the consultative and deliberative processes through the following components: a profile of citizens, the register of the popular representatives and/or demands, a component for debate, linked to a library of information, a space ofsocialization, a component for voting and another one for deliberation. The components of the DCC have distinct functionalities. The Debate, by methods of manifestation, is organized as proposed in the DemIL that separates the opinions in \"agree\" and \"not agree\", with the respective justifications. A stated period is settled for the summarized presentation of the final results for region/thematic, managed by the moderator. After this phase the members are stimulated to vote, in determined turns, and the results will be tuned available in the deliberation environment. By another way, the Degree of Maturity Method (DMM) is used to evaluate the DCC. The effectiveness of the decision-making process in the DCC will be measured through the analysis of the data remover from the environment. With the use of techniques of observation and statistics of use are investigated some metrics as specified in the DMM. This system has already been introduced in Universidade Federal Fluminense (Rio de Janeiro - Brazil) and in Universidade de Coimbra (Coimbra - Portugal). We believe that the transferability to other countries, with different cultural backgrounds, it is possible and need to be discussed. This position paper ends with suggestions and challenges for enhanced participation in e-Democratic environments.




ESF-LiU Electronic Democracy: Achievements and Challenges, November 2007

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