PosterVote: expanding the action repertoire for local political activism

Vasilis Vlachokyriakos, Rob Comber, Karim Ladha, Nick Taylor, Paul Dunphy, Patrick McCorry, Patrick Olivier

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    Online and digital technologies support and extend the action repertoires of localized social movements. In this paper we examine the ways by which digital technologies can support "on-the-ground" activist communities in the development of social movements. After identifying some of the challenges of deploying conventional voting and consultation technologies for activism, we examine situated political action in local communities through the design and deployment of a low-cost community voting prototype, PosterVote. We deploy PosterVote in two case studies with two local community organizations identifying the features that supported or hindered grassroots democratic practices. Through interviews with these communities, we explore the design of situated voting systems to support participation within an ecology of social action.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDIS '14
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9781450329026
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems - Vancouver, Canada
    Duration: 21 Jun 201425 Jun 2014


    ConferenceACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
    Abbreviated titleDIS 2014
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