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2010 Vol.3
The Internet and Consensus Building: An Examination of the Formation of Consensus Online

2010/07/01

Pointing out the importance of the sharing of patterns of opinions and context as a precondition for online consensus building, this article argues that computer technology supports an individual’s cognitive activities online or offline and various types of consensus building. At the same time, such technology can deprive people of learning opportunities. This observation is an important topic when considering the development of future computer technology and the Internet. Also, there is the possibility that social polarization is caused by people with diverse characteristics who receive only information that is comfortable to them online. Some point out that such a phenomenon is negatively influencing the formation of social consensus. In this context, this article considers deliberative polling as a solution to the problem and discusses its potential conducted online. In short, this article takes into account the characteristics of people’s online activities and examines, from the perspective of an insider, ways to solve problems related to consensus building faced by individuals who play a part in it and by society which is a collection of such individuals.

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