DDM 2017 – Overview

2017 International Conference on Deliberation and Decision Making
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Civic Tech

23rd June, 2017 (Friday)
8:00am – 5:30pm
Orchard Ballroom 3, Level 3
Orchard Hotel, Singapore
442 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238879

Registration is open! Please click here to register (registration is free).

The programme for the conference is now available. Download it by clicking here.

The venue for DDM 2017 is the Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238879.

The 2017 International Conference on Deliberation and Decision Making (DDM 2017) will bring together researchers and practitioners who focus on deliberation and decision making – in individuals, groups, organizations, communities, governments, and machines. For historical, institutional, and other reasons, deliberation and decision making researchers have been separated into different academic enclaves, sometimes debating but often talking past each other across disciplinary divide, with different definitions, assumptions, and methodologies getting in the way of knowledge accumulation and mutual understanding. This has not served the world of practice very well, and DDM 2017 aims to address these divisions by calling together researchers and practitioners from interdisciplinary perspectives in one conference, to explore, analyze and reflect on these perspectives and to find common ground.

The conference aims to discuss specific theoretical and practical advances from a number of disciplinary perspectives (such as behaviour science, communication, computer science, decision science, human-computer interaction, information science, political science, policy studies, and more). It is organized by key experts in the field and is supported by an interdisciplinary programme committee.

The conference organizers hope to produce a series of DDM conferences in the coming years. For this first one, we have chosen to focus on Civic Tech, which is technology that opens up government or is used for community action. Online Deliberation was one of the earliest visions of using ICTs towards civic ends. As ICTs developed over years, efforts to promote civic engagement through technologies have been broadened to many other non-deliberation based activities, which can be grouped under the concept of Civic Tech. These developments challenge the presumptions of what online deliberation is about and contribute to innovations in the field.

DDM 2017 follows in a line of previous high-level scientific conferences that have focused on Online Deliberation, but with the intention of broadening the focus to explicitly include decision making, and specifically, Civic Tech that supports DDM.
The DDM 2017 conference focuses on, but is not limited to, the following topics:

– Links between theories of collective decision making (such as deliberative democracy, behavior sciences, decision sciences) and technologies (such as crowdsourcing, argument visualization, and big data);

– Current research on civic techs that enable deliberation and decision making both online and face to face; research challenges posed for researchers, governments, communities and citizens in applying technologies for civic purposes;

– Civic tech interventions using novel settings, modes or approaches; and descriptions of tools and techniques that are already being tested or fielded; case studies in applying and evaluating civic tech in various formal and informal engagement domains