I am currently working on my thesis project that involves developing a method of indexing and structuring design knowledge of online deliberation systems.

The goal of the project is to facilitate the creation of a useful repository of design decisions and what scholars have found to be their capacities to support certain kinds of social interaction.

Designers of online deliberation systems (consultation, participatory policy making, Q&A with politicians/civil servants, politician blogging platform, etc) will be able to use this framework to make more considered decisions about what technologies and policies will help them achieve their goals.

My advisor on this project is Professor Eric Yu.


For a detailed explanation of the framework, please consult the Framework Guide.

If you are interested, help the research by participating as an interview subject.

Related Publications

Hilts, A., & Yu, E. (under review). Intentional modeling of social media design knowledge for government-citizen communication. Invited submission; extended version of MSM`10

Hilts, A., & Yu, E. (2010). Modeling social media support for the elicitation of citizen opinion. In Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Modeling Social Media (MSM `10). ACM Press.