Democratic Reflection: Nudging citizens? democratic engagement with political election debates

Anna De Liddo, Brian Plüss, Alberto Ardito

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Abstract

Nudges are increasingly adopted by governments to promote social welfare, but there is an open debate on the ethics of nudges and their application in highly contested domains. We present a tool for nudging citizens? democratic engagement with political election debates. Democratic Reflection is a moment-by-moment second screen interaction technology for capturing audience feedback to time-based stimuli like speeches, TV debates, or video replays. While viewing the stimuli, users select from a matrix of icons, each describing a reflective nudge and instant audience reaction. Initial insights from the applications of this technology in the 2015, 2017 and 2019 UK elections, suggest that the reflective nudges enabled by Democratic Reflection can promote active engagement with politics, and may increase the willingness of people to be involved in political processes in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSCW 2020 Companion - Conference Companion Publication of the 2020 Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages25-29
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380591
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2020
Event3rd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 17 Oct 202021 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW

Conference

Conference3rd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2020
CountryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period17/10/2021/10/20

Keywords

  • Audience feedback interaction
  • Critical thinking and sensemaking technologies
  • Crowdsourcing citizen feedback
  • Nudges
  • Political election debates
  • Second screen interaction

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