Digital Deliberation

2016 ~ Present


The team develops apps for online debates and collaborative projects that focus on problem solving and building consensus in conflicts. More specific goals include:

  1. Developing the Reflect! platform, a tool for education
  2. Developing design principles for deliberation platforms – from conflict management to public deliberation
  3. Outreach and marketing through video productions


Issues Involved or Addressed

This project is motivated by the assumption that it is possible to create platforms that counter developments that threaten the foundations of democracy: increasing polarization through misinformation, conspiracy theories, and outrageous lies that promote hatred and violence and undermine trust in government, science, and other institutions. Deliberation platforms provide opportunities to train the skills and attitudes needed to engage in constructive deliberation about societal challenges.


Methods and Technologies

  • React
  • JavaScript
  • GraphQL
  • Video production

Academic Majors of Interest

  • BusinessGeneral Management
  • BusinessMarketing
  • ComputingComputational Media
  • ComputingComputer Science
  • ComputingHuman-Computer Interaction
  • DesignIndustrial Design
  • EngineeringCivil Engineering
  • EngineeringComputer Engineering
  • EngineeringElectrical Engineering
  • EngineeringEnvironmental Engineering
  • Ivan AllenDigital Media
  • Ivan AllenLiterature, Media, and Communication
  • Ivan AllenPublic Policy
  • Other
  • SciencesPsychology

Preferred Interests and Preparation

  1. Candidates interested in coding the Reflect! platform should be familiar with at least JavaScript web development; some experience with React would be even better. 
  2. The work on design principles requires the analysis of the scientific literature on deliberation. 
  3. Video production requires some experience. 

Meeting Schedule & Location

Meeting Location 
Steven Hall 102/ Van Leer 465 in Spring 2024
Meeting Day 

Team Advisors

Dr. Michael Hoffmann
  • Public Policy

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