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CivicEvolution is a new technology that helps people develop proposals collaboratively. You can propose an idea and lead a team to develop the idea into a full proposal. Or, you can join a team to help develop a proposal suggested by someone else. The estimated time to complete a proposal in this deliberative, asynchronous environment is three weeks. The proposals that are developed have six sections: an idea, goals, action plan, impacts, first steps, and key research. Proposals are developed as people submit and rate key points for each section of the proposal in order. The key points from the previous section provide the foundation for the next section. (continue)

Virtual Agora Project

The Virtual Agora Project was a 3-year e-democracy project run by Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for the Study of Information Technology and Society (InSiTeS) and funded generously by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). The research team, led by faculty members Peter M. Shane, Peter Muhlberger and Robert Cavalier, sought to develop and test software that would enable large numbers of citizens to use the Internet more effectively to learn about, deliberate and act upon community issues. (continue)

Should the Public Meeting Enter the Information Age?

This article by Jim Snider for the National Civic Review, Fall 2003, 20-29 (2003) can be found at National Civic Review, Fall 2003, 20-29 (2003). Snider's goal in this article was to put the public meeting on the e-democracy agenda and to suggest a specific public meeting reform agenda firmly grounded in democratic theory. (continue)

The Virtual Agora Project: A Research Design for Studying Democratic Deliberation

In 2001, the National Science Foundation provided $2.1 million in funding for the Virtual Agora Project, a three-year exploration of the effects of online and face-to-face democratic deliberation. The project sought to shed light on deliberation's effects on individuals, the community, and decision quality as well as how best to use technology to achieve positive outcomes. Of special concern to the project was determining whether deliberation builds better citizens. This paper describes the research design of this project to stimulate future research on deliberation. (continue)

Europeans have a Say: Online Debates and Consultations in the EU

This report provides an assessment of the European Union's online initiative "Your Voice in Europe." (continue)

Key Terms for High-Tech Collaboration

Blogs, decision support systems, asynchronous communication, e-government, groupware, social media... those new to online dialogue & deliberation and high-tech collaboration can feel like they need to learn a completely new language just to begin understanding their options. Utilize our glossary of terms for high-tech collaboration to help you get by. (continue)

An Introduction to Collaborative Technologies

Collaborative technology can create an interactive learning environment involving people who are hundreds or thousands of miles apart. Businesses are far more savvy with the more sophisticated packages of high-tech tools available than we are in the dialogue and deliberation community, and the prohibitive cost of many of the tools, software and services primarily marketed to businesses is the most obvious reason for that. (continue)