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Communication and digital democracy: comparative study of conversation in web portals VotenaWeb and Isidewith

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Author(s):
Pedro Luis Bueno Berti
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Press: Artes. 2017-12-14.
Institution: Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). Faculdade de Arquitetura. Artes. Comunicação e Design. Bauru
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Advisor: Danilo Rothberg
Abstract

As far as the internet can contribute to reinvigorate the democracy, the projection of opinions and the circulation of ideas about public administration, web portals that explore potentialities of online conversation have been appropriate subjects of research seeking to understand characteristics of public online deliberation. This dissertation investigated two similar initiatives in different countries: VotenaWeb (Brazil) and ISideWith (United States), which allow expression of preferences concerning bills on appreciation at parliaments. The data were analysed in six categories of comprehension, each one admitting possibilities of classification: “justification”, “reciprocity”, “reflexivity”, “respect”, “information” and “topic”. The specific aims were: a) to identify the virtual conversation characteristics and indicate possible conditions favorable to deliberation present in the each analyzed portal, according to the specialized literature; b) to provide a general framework on the use of the characteristics of the two portals as a platform for political expression; c) to point out possible differences in the expression of opinions and in the use of sources of information by citizens of each country. From VotenaWeb portal 26.664 comments were collected and analysed, and from ISideWith portal 3.528 comments were collected and analysed. The results presented significative differences in the use of sources of information and in the deliberative environment created by users. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/23669-9 - Communication and digital democracy: comparative study about the conversation on portals votenaweb and opencongress
Grantee:Pedro Luis Bueno Berti
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Master