[Exi-bay-announce] Talk: Accelerated Democracy: Scenarios from the future of technological voting

Amara Graps amara at amara.com
Fri Oct 29 08:31:13 UTC 2004

This looks like an interesting talk....


Stanford Seminar on People, Computers, and Design (CS547)
Home page: http://hci.stanford.edu/seminar

This talk will be available as on-line video.  Look under Computer Science
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Friday, Oct 29, 2004, 12:30-2:00pm PST (UT 20:30)
Gates B01 (HP Classroom) and SITN

Jason Tester , Institute for the Future
      j.tester at interaction-ivrea.it

TITLE: Accelerated Democracy: Scenarios from the future of technological voting


How might campaigns and government change if voters received personalized
electronic updates as soon as politicians fulfilled or violated campaign
promises? What if there was software that watched what you did on your
computer-such as the Web pages you surf and the emails you send &
receive-and then recommended a political candidate, even automatically
voting for you?

The Accelerated Democracy project is a series of scenarios that illustrate
how interactive technologies could impact political voting in 5-10 years
time. Each scenario is rooted in quantifiable trends in voting and politics
that are evident now and seem likely to continue into the future. The
scenarios illustrate both the forms that new voting technologies &
interfaces might take and, even more importantly, the potential impacts on

In addition to the scenarios, the Accelerated Democracy project identified
several big picture potential benefits and dangers of technology-changed
voting. Several of these effects can already be seen in current
applications of technology to voting, while others may become more
pronounced if technology and voting further integrate.

Also in this presentation will be a discussion of the new and growing role
of design in long-term futures thinking. The Accelerated Democracy
scenarios were created using everyday 'artifacts from the future' to help
people comprehend and discuss potential futures without prior knowledge of
the given field or skills in long-range analysis.


Jason Tester has pursued several paths within human-computer interaction
but his underlying passion is researching and designing for the effects of
technology on society. He graduated with a BS in Human-Computer Interaction
Design from Stanford University, where he helped found the Stanford
Persuasive Technology Lab, the only research & design group focused on the
new field of persuasive technologies. Jason was then in the first class of
graduate students at the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, Italy,
where he undertook the Accelerated Democracy project, a series of scenarios
illustrating potential futures for technological voting. This project has
been featured in international TV and print and formed the basis for his
focus on innovating new methods for integrating design with long-term
futures thinking. Jason is currently a researcher and artifact designer
with the Institute for the Future, a Menlo Park, CA-based non-profit
research organization.

November 5, 2004 - Mark Newman, PARC

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Amara Graps, PhD,   www.amara.com
Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario (IFSI)
Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF),
Adjunct Assistant Professor Astronomy, AUR,
Roma, ITALIA     Amara.Graps at ifsi.rm.cnr.it

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