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BallotShare: Exploring the design space of digital voting in a workplace environment

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Vasilis Vlachokyriakos, Dr Paul Dunphy, Dr Nick TaylorORCiD, Dr Robert Comber, Professor Patrick OlivierORCiD



Digital voting is used in a variety of contexts from politics to mundane everyday decisions. One of the motivations underlying many group decision-making systems is the promotion of participation, yet there is little research that explores how features of digital voting systems can be designed to facilitate this, other than providing multiple voting channels. In this paper we propose a framework that explores the design space of digital voting from the perspective of participation. We ground our discussion in the design of BallotShare, a first configuration of our proposed framework, designed to enable the study of group decision-making practices deployed in a workplace setting. Across five weeks, participants created and took part in non-standard polls relating to events and other spontaneous group decisions. Following interviews with participants we identify significant drivers and limitations of individual and collective participation in the voting process: social visibility, social inclusion, commitment and delegation, accountability, influence and privacy.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Vlachokyriakos V, Dunphy P, Taylor N, Comber R, Olivier P

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2014

Pages: 19

Print publication date: 14/02/2014

Source Publication Date: February 2014

Report Number: 1410

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne