Pocket Democracy – Developing a User-Friendly App for Following Local Politics

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Democratic innovations have been suggested as one way of increasing public participation in political processes. Civic technology may provide resources for improving transparency, publicity, and accountability in political processes. This paper is about the development of a smartphone application that provides users with information on municipal politics and representatives. We develop the application using a user-centered design approach. Thus, we establish its functions by hearing the end-users and considering their goals in the design process. We conducted three focus groups to find out what features end-users would like to see in an app. Six features were present in all three focus group discussions: receiving information, expressing opinions, creating/answering polls, receiving notifications, following issues and receiving emergency messages.  

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Title of host publicationTyöelämän viestintä II, Arbetslivskommunikation II, Workplace Communication II, Kommunikation im Berufsleben II
EditorsHeidi Hirsto, Mona Enell-Nilsson, Nicole Keng
PublisherVaasan yliopisto
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-68538-6-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventVAKKI-symposiumi - VAKKI-symposiumi XXXIX
Duration: 7 Feb 20198 Feb 2019




  • Innovation research
  • democratic innovations
  • user-centered development

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