Design for Democracy (Topic Overview)2018-12-17T17:24:58+00:00

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Videos with Our Researchers

Industrial designer & DDfV member Nynke Tromp giving a TEDx talk on ‘disrupting democracy’:

Jeroen van den Hoven, scientific director of the DDfV Institute, talking about the importance of design for democracy in European Parliament:

News / Blogs on Design for Democracy

Digital Democracy: Threats and (Design) Opportunities – Seminar on 29 November

November 18th, 2018|Event announcement|

On 29 November 2018 the Brookings Institute and Delft University of Technology are together organizing a seminar that explores the weakness and dangers the digital environment poses to democracy, and investigates how the digital environment might be proactively redesigned in order to positively enhance the quality democracy. Registration is still possible until 27 November.

How to Win Elections in the 21st Century… and How to Save Democracy

November 12th, 2018|Blog by Jeroen van den Hoven, DDfV Blogs|

According to the American Pragmatist philosopher John Dewey we have to reinvent democracy every day anew… and now, in the age of big data and artificial intelligence, in addition we have to design for it, every day. If we cannot design against undemocratic tendencies and technically implement our democratic ideals and ideas, Jeroen van den Hoven and Haye Hazenberg argue, we risk losing them altogether.

TU Delft Investigates the Influence of Digitization on Democracy

October 21st, 2018|Research updates|

In the run-up to the Dutch municipal elections of 2018, a team of researchers from Delft University of Technology investigated the influence of digitization on Dutch parliamentary democracy. Aspects investigated included the role of political micro-targeting, 'bots' and algorithms, and the political debate on Twitter. This research was made possible by a subsidy from the parliamentary state committee

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Events on Design for Democracy

Digital Democracy: Threats & (Design) Opportunities (Seminar)

29 November @ 10:00 - 16:30
This event, jointly organized by the Brookings Institute and Delft University of Technology, explores the weakness and dangers the digital environment poses to democracy, and investigates how the digital environment might be proactively redesigned in order to positively enhance the quality democracy...

Design for Democracy (DDfV Playground meeting)

15 November @ 12:00 - 13:30
The theme of this playground meeting is 'Design for Democracy'. Playground meetings are our informal lunch meetings for discussing design for values topics and sharing ideas and insights.
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DDfV Members Working on Design for Democracy

  • Roy Bendor
    Roy Bendor
    Assistent professor at Industrial Design
  • Scott Cunningham
    Scott Cunningham
    Associate Professor at Policy Analysis section
  • Maurice Harteveld
    Maurice Harteveld
    Researcher Urban Design & the Architecture of the City
  • Haye Hazenberg
    Haye Hazenberg
    Postdoctoral researcher & project manager 'TU Delft in The Hague'
  • Jeroen van den Hoven
    Jeroen van den Hoven
    Professor of Ethics & Technology
  • Ingrid Mulder
    Ingrid Mulder
    Associate Professor of Design Techniques
  • Nynke Tromp
    Nynke Tromp
    Assistant Professor of Industrial Design

Selection of Publications

The Quest for Public Space: Changing Values in Urban Design, The City as Learning Lab and Living Lab

Harteveld, Maurice

The Quest for Public Space: Changing Values in Urban Design, The City as Learning Lab and Living Lab Inproceedings

Tieben, Hendrik; Geng, Yan; Rossin, Francesco (Ed.): The Entrepreneurial City; 10th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU), International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU), Rotterdam, 2017, ISBN: 978-962-8272-33-4.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Designing For Democracy:  Bulk Data and Authoritarianism

Robbins, Scott; Henschke, Adam

Designing For Democracy: Bulk Data and Authoritarianism Journal Article

Surveillance & Society, 15 (3), pp. 582-589, 2017.

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Transparency-by-design as a foundation for open government

Janssen, Marijn; Matheus, Ricardo; Longo, Justin; Weerakkody, Vishanth

Transparency-by-design as a foundation for open government Journal Article

Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy, 11 (1), pp. 2-8, 2017.

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Breaking the filter bubble: democracy and design

Bozdag, Engin; van den Hoven, Jeroen

Breaking the filter bubble: democracy and design Journal Article

Ethics and Information Technology, 17 (4), pp. 249-265, 2015, ISSN: 1572-8439.

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Handbook of Ethics, Values, and Technological Design: Sources, Theory, Values and Application Domains

van den Hoven, Jeroen; Vermaas, Pieter E; van de Poel, Ibo (Ed.)

Handbook of Ethics, Values, and Technological Design: Sources, Theory, Values and Application Domains Collection

Dordrecht, Springer, 2015, ISBN: 978-94-007-6970-0.

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Education on Design for Democracy

Open online course on Open Government

If you are interested in designing for democracy, you may also be interested in the TU Delft massive open online course (MOOC) on Open Government (see the video for one of the course lectures that addressed design for values).

Master elective on Design x Democracy

The Deep Dive‘ is an annual elective for master students in Industrial Design Engineering that allows them to delve into a specific design issue with a combination of reading, discussion, and customized design assignments. In 2018-2019 (quarter 2) the central issue will be ‘Design x Democracy‘. DDfV member Ingrid Mulder will lead the course. From the course description:

“Together we draw a landscape of Design x Democracy (best practices and design guidelines), elaborating upon Victor Margolin’s initial distinction between design of democracy, design for democracy, and design in a democracy, towards exploring the role of participatory design as a democratic practice.”

Roy Bendor
Assistent professor at Industrial Design

Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering

Researcher in DDfV seed project Democratic Human-Robot Partnerships in the Smart City

Scott Cunningham
Associate Professor at Policy Analysis section

Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management

Maurice Harteveld
Researcher Urban Design & the Architecture of the City

Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment

Maurice Harteveld
Haye Hazenberg
Postdoctoral researcher & project manager 'TU Delft in The Hague'

Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management

Researcher in DDfV seed project Spatial Justice: Values for the Built Environment 

Haye Hazenberg
Jeroen van den Hoven
Professor of Ethics & Technology

Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management

Scientific director Delft Design for Value Institute

Member of the Management Team of the Delft Design for Values Institute

Co-editor of the Handbook of Ethics, Values and Technological Design

Ingrid Mulder
Associate Professor of Design Techniques

Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering

Researcher in DDfV seed project Research through Design for Values

Ingrid Mulder
Nynke Tromp
Assistant Professor of Industrial Design

Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering

Member of the Management Team of the Delft Design for Values Institute

Nynke Tromp