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Viewpoint: empowering communities with situated voting devices

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  • Nick Taylor
  • Justin Marshall
  • Alicia Blum-Ross
  • John Mills
  • Jon Rogers
  • Paul Egglestone
  • David M. Frohlich
  • Peter Wright
  • Patrick Olivier


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI'12
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 2012 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsJoseph A. Konstan, Ed H. Chi, Kristina Hook
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450310154
StatePublished - 2012
EventCHI 2012 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Austin, Texas, United States


ConferenceCHI 2012 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI 2012
CountryUnited States
CityAustin, Texas
Internet address


Viewpoint is a public voting device developed to allow residents in a disadvantaged community to make their voices heard through a simple, lightweight interaction. This was intended to open a new channel of communication within the community and increase community members' perception of their own efficacy. Local elected officials and community groups were able to post questions on devices located in public spaces, where residents could vote for one of two responses. Question authors were subsequently required to post a response indicating any actions to be taken. Following a two-month trial, we present our experiences and contribute guidelines for the design of public democracy tools and dimensions impacting their effectiveness, including credibility, efficacy and format.

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