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Social media-based public dialogue: potential, theory and practice

Summary

Today, rather than meeting in a common physical space to witness an event or to engage in political debate, many citizens meet in symbolic, virtual spaces based on shared interests, needs or identities. Starting from the Sciencewise-commissioned report entitled, ‘In the goldfish bowl: Science and technology policy dialogues in a digital world’ (Latta, Mulcare, and Zacharzewski, 2013), this report explores the possibility of using existing forms of virtual assembly and discourse (i.e. social media) to either supplement or replace the face-to-face public dialogue exercises currently being conducted for UK government departments with support from Sciencewise.

 

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