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Online Deliberation: Design, Research, and Practice

Book edited by Todd Davies and Seeta Peña Gangadharan (CSLI Publications, November 2009).

From the book cover:

Can new technology enhance purpose-driven, democratic dialogue in groups, governments, and societies?

Online Deliberation: Design, Research, and Practice is the first book that attempts to sample the full range of work on online deliberation, forging new connections between academic research, technology designers, and practitioners. Since some of the most exciting innovations have occurred outside of traditional institutions, and those involved have often worked in relative isolation from each other, work in this growing field has often failed to reflect the full set of perspectives on online deliberation. This volume is aimed at those working at the crossroads of information/communication technology and social science, and documents early findings in, and perspectives on, this new field by many of its pioneers.

From the book (page XV):


The present volume, Online Deliberation: Design, Research, and Practice, grew out of the Second Conference on Online Deliberation: Design, Research, and Practice (OD2005/DIAC-2005), which was held at Stanford University May 20-22, 2005. After the conference, participants were offered the opportunity to submit draft manuscripts for publication. Beth Simone Noveck assisted in the selection, and we secured an agreement with CSLI Publications to publish the book simultaneously in print and in a free version online. Seeta Gangadharan joined the project as a coeditor in 2008, and contributed a concluding chapter.

In the age of the Internet, and especially in a field tied to evolving technology, it would be difficult to justify the time required to carefully edit a book whose purpose was to capture the latest technology. Instead, we sought to put together a collection that will have lasting value, capturing some of the most important lessons learned during the formative years of this field. The result, we hope, is a volume that will serve as a useful record and guide to the development of the field as we move forward in the years to come.

There are several people we would like to thank: Beth Noveck for her help in the early stages of this project, Dikran Karagueuzian of CSLI Publications for his friendly helpfulness and patience, Robert Cavalier and Peter Shane for helping to organize the Stanford conference, Socoro Relova and Natalie Mendoza for providing staff support, Jim Fishkin for providing help and advice in organizing the conference and since, Fiorella De Cindio and Jerry Feldman for reviewing and vetting the manuscript, and all of the authors for sticking with this project through publication. We are most grateful.

–Todd Davies and Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Stanford, August 29, 2009

The book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. A PDF version is available for download.

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