The online discourse as a form of e-Participation: The experience of internet discourse research

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Abstract

The paper presents results of an ongoing research of everyday Internet discussions on relevant public policy issues. This research is theoretically based on conception of deliberative democracy of J. Habermas and on previous research by the authors. The ultimate goal of the research is to develop approaches and instruments aiding discussants to reduce the excessively polarized opinions in a deliberative manner. The discussions on various Internet platforms are considered as a form of political e-participation. The experience of online discussions' analysis on actual in the modern Russian socio-political discourse theme as Russian pension reform is demonstrated in this paper. Comparing with official data of national sociological survey reveals ambiguity of views that were expressed by people while discussing on pension problem. The significant areas of further investigations are drawn in the conclusion. A significant field of research includes usage of collective networking and artificial intelligence for deeper understanding of public discussions' outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance, ICEGOV 2020
EditorsYannis Charalabidis, Maria Alexandra Cunha, Demetrios Sarantis
Place of PublicationNew York: ACM Press
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages326-333
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450376747
DOIs
StatePublished - 23 Sep 2020
Event13th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance, ICEGOV 2020 - Virtual, Online, Greece
Duration: 23 Sep 202025 Sep 2020

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance, ICEGOV 2020
CountryGreece
CityVirtual, Online
Period23/09/2025/09/20

Scopus subject areas

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

Keywords

  • deliberation
  • e-participation
  • Internet discussions
  • online discourse

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