Exploring Civic Engagement on Public Displays

  • Simo HosioEmail author
  • Jorge Goncalves
  • Vassilis Kostakos
  • Jukka Riekki
Part of the Public Administration and Information Technology book series (PAIT, volume 9)


As civic participation is declining in western societies, emerging technologies offer novel opportunities for outreach activities. This chapter presents a series of incremental studies of interactive public displays to inform and elicit feedback about a local renovation project, with emphasis on civic engagement. Two questions are explored: (1) how does the public use and appropriate this technology for civic engagement? and (2) how can the design of feedback mechanisms improve the collected feedback? We describe how users appropriated this technology beyond its original purpose and show that feedback mechanisms promoting rapid interaction or a sense of community lead to increased participation. Through our study we highlight factors to consider in designing future civic engagement applications for public displays.


Civic Engagement Renovation Project Urban Space Feedback Channel Public Display 
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This work was supported by Microsoft Research through its PhD Scholarship Programme. The financial support of the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, the European Regional Development Fund, the City of Oulu, and the UBI (UrBan Interactions) consortium is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simo Hosio
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jorge Goncalves
    • 1
  • Vassilis Kostakos
    • 1
  • Jukka Riekki
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringUniversity of OuluOuluFinland

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