Digital democracy and deliberation

Ideas from the “Digital democracy and deliberation” workshop at #notwestminster 2015, hosted by Pete Woodcock.

Pete Woodcock at #notwestminster
Pete Woodcock at #notwestminster – photo NotWestminster (22 of 30) by Anthony Mckeown

Workshop challenge

Deliberative democracy is the notion that there are two ideals in a democracy: 

  1. 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

Flag created by Juan Pablo Bravo from The Noun Project

  1. ‘Flip’ button on social media, giving alternative views.
  2. Use ePrime in discussions (no personal pronouns).
  3. You have a right to free speech. Not a right to offend.


Want to join us in working on one or more of these ideas?
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Deliberation workshop placard



Activity sheet

Activity sheet (Doc)

About the workshop host

Dr Pete WoodcockDr 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.

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