Online Discourse as a Microdemocracy Tool: Towards New Discursive Epistemics for Policy Deliberation // ICEGOV '16 Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance. ACM New York, NY, USA, 2016.

Andrei Chugunov, Olga Filatova, Yuri Misnikov

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Abstract

The main objective of this study is to develop approaches and test methods that could lead to a better understanding of how knowledge is generated by citizens online in the course of Internet discussion for a more democratic policy making. The eventual goal is to create a Decision Support System using the collective intelligence of online discourses. The research applies Jurgen Habermas’ concept of basic Validity Claims for analyzing the content of three online discourses in Russia in the context of the e-petition calling to revoke the law mandating to destroy the foodstuffs imported from the West. The research found that (a) the use of Validity Claims is an effective instrument of content analysis to distil specific knowledge that is collectively generated by discourse participants to discover not only dominant issues, but also reveal participants’ groups behind them; (b) the outcome of online discourses depends on the affiliation and ownership of media outlet hosting discourses. Due to their epistemic poten
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICEGOV '16 Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance.
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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