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dc.contributor.authorHowie, Meg
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-05T02:14:15Z
dc.date.available2016-04-05T02:14:15Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10179/7727
dc.description.abstractThe number of young people turning out to vote is declining in Western democracies (Sheerin, 2007; Donald, 2010). This issue is symptomatic of the growing gap between traditional political systems and the 21st century citizen. However, the emergence of internet technology makes large-scale participation easier, which presents an opportunity to change citizens’ relationship with government (Tapscott in Gormley, 2009). This research applies design processes to the way young people engage with candidates in elections. It suggests that an online platform can be an effective piece of infrastructure for alternative political participation. Ask Away is an open source question and answer web application for people to ask questions, vote for the ones they want answered and then compare responses from political candidates. Through participating on Ask Away, citizens are able to engage candidates in direct dialogue, shape discussions and set agendas. Human-centred, collaborative design thinking and making were used to develop the platform, which was used by 22,000 New Zealanders in the period leading up to the 2014 New Zealand General Election. Learning through doing was core to this research. By designing, creating and releasing a working prototype, this thesis not only makes a proposition, but demonstrates the impact initiatives like this can have on civic participation.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMassey Universityen_US
dc.rightsThe Authoren_US
dc.subjectWeb sitesen_US
dc.subjectWebsitesen_US
dc.subjectDesignen_US
dc.subjectNew Zealand Parliament Election, 2014en_US
dc.subjectComputer network resourcesen_US
dc.subjectPolitical participationen_US
dc.subjectPolitical engagementen_US
dc.subjectPolitical efficacyen_US
dc.subjectTransformational designen_US
dc.subjectHuman-centred designen_US
dc.subjectUser experience designen_US
dc.subjectCivic techen_US
dc.subjectOpen sourceen_US
dc.subjectOnline engagementen_US
dc.subjectTwo way communicationen_US
dc.subjectSocial mediaen_US
dc.titleAsk away : digital infrastructure for a 21st century democracy : to what extent can design facilitate youth political engagement : a thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Design, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealanden_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineDesignen_US
thesis.degree.grantorMassey Universityen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Design (M. Des.)en_US


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