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More, Better Online Civic Engagement: Behavioral and Technological Challenges

On January 5, 2014 CeRI Postdoctoral Fellow Dmitry Epstein presented the program’s ongoing work to the faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. This presentation included a general overview of the promises and challenges of utilizing Web 2.0 technologies to encourage public participation in complex policymaking. The talk explored the current relevant research of the CeRI program. First, it unpacked the processes of online community building underway on RegulationRoom.org. Second, it discussed the Natural Language Processing research (including a project funded through a grant from Cornell Tech) and its implementation to help align broad and diverse community participation with the needs and expectations of governmental bodies. A brief abstract of the talk can be found here.