Heinrich-Heine-Universität

The research group “Internet-mediated cooperative norm setting” at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf is interested in understanding how groups of individuals develop norms and how the Internet can help to facilitate this norm setting process. It was formed in 2011 and comprises more than 25 faculty from various disciplines including business administration, computer science, law, communication science, politics and sociology.

Our primary interests for our involvement with the research network Liquid Democracy are twofold:

  1. The platform Adhocracy forms the technical basis for the decision-making processes that we implement as part of our research agenda. To this end we are heavily involved in the development of the actual code and are continously contributing a number of usability and security features amongst other things (see here for more information). We have already used a customised version of Adhocracy to run a pilot consultation process at the University of Düsseldorf and will further implement such norm setting processes in practice in the domain of science, politics and economy.
  2. In addition, we collaborate with the Liquid Democracy Association on the evaluation of a number of other projects that rely on the Adhocracy software. As such members of the research group have for example analysed the use of this platform by the German Social Democratic party (see „Top down“ or „bottom up“? The usage of collaborative online-platforms by parties in Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft)

Please have a look at our homepage at www.normsetting.org for more information!