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Culture and context in an online voting system for young people

Abstract

This paper describes the design and evaluation of an e-voting system used to elect representatives to a local youth parliament, in the Highland region of Scotland. The system was designed with a team of young people, based on their input and the evaluation of a previous system. It was used by young people in secondary schools (aged 11-18) in October 2002 and evaluated in focus groups about a month later. The paper looks at the democratic aims of the system beyond the election itself. It focuses on challenges surrounding usability for young people and a variety of social and technological challenges within the varied and unknown contexts of use.