Handbook of Digital Politics
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Handbook of Digital Politics

Edited by Stephen Coleman and Deen Freelon

It would be difficult to imagine how a development as world-changing as the emergence of the Internet could have taken place without having some impact upon the ways in which politics is expressed, conducted, depicted and reflected upon. The Handbook of Digital Politics explores this impact in a series of chapters written by some of the world's leading Internet researchers. This volume is a must-read for students, researchers and practitioners interested in the changing landscape of political communication.
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Chapter 10: Argumentation tools for digital politics: addressing the challenge of deliberation in democracies

Neil Benn


Many scholars at the intersection of democratic theory, political communication and information technology have continually made the case for using information and communication technology (ICT) to improve our democracy, governance, and political culture. Such scholars have suggested that there is a need for radical new digital technologies and techniques to address one particular challenge of the political process: helping citizens to be better informed about the key political issues of the day and to make better sense of the inherent conflict of opinion in political debate. To this end, these scholars have recently turned to research and development in the area of argumentation technology – particularly computer-supported argument visualization (CSAV) technology _ for new software tools to address this challenge. This chapter briefly surveys current research on the use of argumentation technology to enhance the political process. Based on this brief survey and critical analysis of current work, the chapter identifies possible areas of future research and the priority research questions that should be the basis of this future research.

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