E-Democracy


Digital technologies influence and shape democracy on all levels – local, regional, national, and supranational. The projects in this group research the role of digital technologies in the execution of democratic decision processes (e-voting) as well as in the opinion formation of the voters and the electorate (electronic voting aids, social media).

Ongoing projects

E-Democracy

In several Swiss cantons, pilot schemes are set up to establish e-voting. Switzerland is one of the pioneers worldwide in this field. In the research project «e-Democracy», an interdisciplinary team (political science, law and communication studies) analyses the effects of different forms of e-democracy and e-voting specifically on the political process and direct democracy.
Project leader: Uwe Serdült
Duration: 2012–
Research database UZH

Preference Matcher

Development of a software application for allowing citizens to better define their subjective political preferences during an electoral campaigns.
Project leaders: Fernando Mendez, Jonathan Wheatley
Duration: 2012– 
Research database UZH
Website Prefrence Matcher

The Role of Emotional Interactions in the Polarization of Opinions in Participatory Media

The Role of Emotional Interactions in the Polarization of Opinions in Participatory Media 
The goal of this interdisciplinary research project is to study the role of emotional interactions in the polarisation of opinions.
Project leaders: Frank Schweitzer (ETH Zürich), Uwe Serdült
Duration: 2013–
Research database UZH

Completed projects

baloti.ch –  An Internet Voting Platform for Swiss Migrants
Project leader: Uwe Serdült
Research database UZH