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Can Digital Technologies Create a Stronger Model for Democratic Participation? The Case of #Crowdlaw

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Title:Can Digital Technologies Create a Stronger Model for Democratic Participation? The Case of #Crowdlaw
Authors:Langlamet, Helene
Keywords:Enhancing Public Participation, Interaction, and Innovation in Government
crowdsourcing, democratic innovations, online deliberation, open government, participatory democracy
Date Issued:03 Jan 2018
Abstract:This study attempts to critically assess the democratizing potential of "CrowdLaw," a form of online participation that its practitioners describe as crowdsourced policy-making. To do so, the study analyzes both the statements of Crowdlaw practitioners gathered at the third "online global conference on #CrowdLaw" and the design and performance of the CrowdLaw platforms for which the author could find a sufficiently complete online presence. Findings about the democratizing potential of CrowdLaw are mixed: on the one hand, the analysis of practitioners’ statements reveals an intention to create broad participation, and discussion forums that encourage deliberation. On the other, a look at the platforms’ design and performance reveals an uneven and incomplete implementation of these intentions.
Pages/Duration:11 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/50177
ISBN:978-0-9981331-1-9
DOI:10.24251/HICSS.2018.289
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Appears in Collections: Enhancing Public Participation, Interaction, and Innovation in Government


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