Usability and Sociability of Direct Democracy Projects Based on Online Groups

  • Andrea Hrckova Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava
Keywords: e-democracy, discussion groups, heuristic evaluation, usability, sociability

Abstract

Digital media, in particular social media, are often perceived to be changing political participation. In this discourse, the Internet is seen as a new public sphere with promises of increased democratization and access to political information. The younger generation in particular is supposed to have become more politically active thanks to the Web. In this article, the psychological, sociological and technological factors influencing the deliberative participation in virtual communities are being explored to understand some of the reasons for active or passive participation in e-democracy projects based in online groups. Some examples of successful e-democracy activities in Brazil, Germany and Slovakia are also discussed. Finally, the chances for sustainable development of direct democracy projects with the help of new media are presented.

Author Biography

Andrea Hrckova, Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava

Author is a research assistant at the Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava. Her specializations include new media, search engine optimization, information organization and information retrieval. She was one of the founding members of an e-democracy initiative in Slovakia.

Published
2018-10-29
How to Cite
Hrckova, A. (2018). Usability and Sociability of Direct Democracy Projects Based on Online Groups. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 10(1), 94 - 105. https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v10i1.492
Section
Reflections