Ideas from the “Digital democracy and deliberation” workshop at #notwestminster 2015, hosted by Pete Woodcock.
Deliberative democracy is the notion that there are two ideals in a democracy:
- the equal distribution of power and
2. an equal distribution of the right to participate in discussion around politics.
We talked about the challenges of online discussion, with a focus on gender and on enclaves (which are insulated groups).
The three ideas
- ‘Flip’ button on social media, giving alternative views.
- Use ePrime in discussions (no personal pronouns).
- You have a right to free speech. Not a right to offend.
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About the workshop host
Dr Pete Woodcock
Head of Criminology, Politics and Sociology
University of Huddersfield
Pete Woodcock is the head of the division of Criminology, Politics and Sociology at the University of Huddersfield. His chief academic interest is the history of political thought, but he is interested in eLearning and issues around technology and citizenship. He is currently working of the works of J.S. Mill and how they can be applied to controversial issues around citizen participation on the web. When not working, he enjoys rugby, football and ballroom dancing.