Socio-technical systems for citizen empowerment: how to mediate between different expectations and levels of participation in the design of civic apps

Naomi Bueno de Mesquita, N. Cila, M.N. Groen, W.T. Meys

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Abstract

In the context of the participation society, roles and expectations of citizens and municipalities are vastly changing. While designers and design researchers explore the potentials of apps to empower citizens, municipalities are interested in data dashboards—accompanied by applications and community platforms—to increase civic participation in public (space) issues. In this paper, relevant criteria and design decisions are discussed through reflecting on the lessons learned from two civic apps that were designed by the authors and analysing prominent existing civic apps that have citizen empowerment as their objective.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Electronic Governance
Publication statusSubmitted - Jul 2017

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