PosterVote: expanding the action repertoire for local political activism

Vasilis Vlachokyriakos, Rob Comber, Karim Ladha, Nick Taylor, Paul Dunphy, Patrick McCorry, Patrick Olivier

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Online and digital technologies support and extend the action repertoires of localized social movements. In this paper we examine the ways by which digital technologies can support "on-the-ground" activist communities in the development of social movements. After identifying some of the challenges of deploying conventional voting and consultation technologies for activism, we examine situated political action in local communities through the design and deployment of a low-cost community voting prototype, PosterVote. We deploy PosterVote in two case studies with two local community organizations identifying the features that supported or hindered grassroots democratic practices. Through interviews with these communities, we explore the design of situated voting systems to support participation within an ecology of social action.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS '14: Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems
Place of PublicationNew York, New York
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450329026
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2014 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: 21 Jun 201425 Jun 2014


Conference2014 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2014
CityVancouver, BC


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