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Online Debate Experiment To Unite 10,000 Random Citizens

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At the beginning of next year, local forums with 400 participants will be created in each of 25 locations. To pick the forum members, a call centre will dial randomly generated telephone numbers within each area code. Once someone answers and agrees to take part, they will be issued with instructions and log-in details.

In an eight-week moderated online discussion broken down into sub-topics, the participants will subsequently develop their own suggested programs for social cohesion and equal opportunities. The discussions will be self-moderated, with assistance and training from specialist teams. After the regional forums have deliberated, all 10,000 national participants will debate the results on an internet discussion platform with 100 moderators, with a view towards agreeing a single national outcome document by May 2011.

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