Online Discourse as a Microdemocracy Tool: Towards New Discursive Epistemics for Policy Deliberation

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 epetition 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 potential, policy discourses online, especially in association with e-petitions, can be considered as microdemocracy institutions in the field of discursive decision making.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ELECTRONIC GOVERNANCE (ICEGOV 2016)
Subtitle of host publication9th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance
EditorsJ Bertot, E Estevez, S Mellouli
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages40-49
Number of pages10
Volume01-03-March-2016
ISBN (Electronic)9781450336406
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016
EventInternational Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance - Montevideo
Duration: 29 Feb 20162 Mar 2016
Conference number: 9
https://egov.unu.edu/events/archive/conference/icegov2016.html#overview
https://egov.unu.edu/events/archive/conference/icegov2016.html#overview

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance
Abbreviated titleICEGOV 2016
CountryUruguay
CityMontevideo
Period29/02/162/03/16
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Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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Chugunov, A., Filatova, O., & Misnikov, Y. (2016). Online Discourse as a Microdemocracy Tool: Towards New Discursive Epistemics for Policy Deliberation. In J. Bertot, E. Estevez, & S. Mellouli (Eds.), 9TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ELECTRONIC GOVERNANCE (ICEGOV 2016): 9th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (Vol. 01-03-March-2016, pp. 40-49). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2910019.2910100