Online Deliberation 2005 / DIAC-2005
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"Developing and Using Online Tools for Deliberative Democracy"
The predecessor to this conference, a two-day seminar held at Carnegie Mellon University in June of 2003.

Center for Deliberative Democracy
The Center for Deliberative Democracy, housed in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, is devoted to research about democracy and public opinion obtained through Deliberative Polling®. The Center is a co-sponsor of this conference.

Center for Internet and Society (CIS)
In the heart of the Silicon Valley, legal doctrine is emerging that will determine the course of civil rights and technological innovation for decades to come. The Center for Internet and Society (CIS), housed at Stanford Law School and a part of the Law, Science and Technology Program, is at the apex of this evolving area of law. CIS is a co-sponsor of this conference.

Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI)
The Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford is devoted to research in the emerging science of information, computing, and cognition. CSLI Publications, a division of the University of Chicago Press, has plans to publish a book based on this conference. CSLI is also a co-sponsor of the conference.

Deme: A Platform for Online Deliberation, and is a prototype open hosting site for Deme, a free and open platform for online deliberation being developed at Stanford as part of the Partnership for Internet Equity and Community Engagement (PIECE). is hosted at Stanford on the PIECE server. The Discussion forum linked at the bottom of each page of this website is a Deme group hosted on

Healthcare Dialogue
The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania is undertaking ground-breaking research to explore the role of the public in shaping health policy recommendations. Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Annenberg Public Policy Center, the Healthcare Dialogue project puts citizens in communication with one another about a topic that profoundly affects each of us:­ the delivery of high quality, affordable health care.

Institute for the Study of Information Technology and Society (InSITeS)
Institute at Carnegie Mellon University that is dedicated to the exploration of how society shapes and is shaped by information technology.

Online Consultation Technologies Centre of Expertise
Created to build on existing knowledge and experience, the Online Consultation Technologies Centre of Expertise strives to inform and support Canadian departments and agencies who wish to undertake online consultation activities.

Partnership for Internet Equity and Community Engagement (PIECE)
The Partnership for Internet Equity and Community Engagement (PIECE) is a joint project of the East Palo Alto Community Network and the Symbolic Systems Program at Stanford. PIECE is funded by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford. The PIECE web server is the host for this conference site.

PICOLA: Public Informed Citizens On-Line Assembly
An online deliberation initiative spearheaded by Carnegie Mellon University. The first online deliberation conference in 2003 was funded by a National Science Foundation grant to the PICOLA project.

Political Communication Lab
The Political Communication Lab is housed within the Institute for Communication Research; the research arm of the Department of Communication at Stanford University.

Public Knowledge Project
A federally funded (Canadian) research initiative that seeks to improve the scholarly and public quality of academic research through innovative online environments such as this one. We would like to thank the PKP for providing the conferenceware that powers this site.

Public Sphere Project (a CPSR Initiative)
The Public Sphere Project (PSP) is a CPSR (Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility) initiative to help promote more effective and equitable public spheres worldwide. The Public Sphere Project is intended to provide a broad framework for a variety of interrelated activities and goals including technology development (such as e-Liberate), the Liberating Voices! Pattern Language Project, and workshop and conference organizing. This conference has been designated as the latest in a series of Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing (DIAC) conferences produced in association with PSP.

Symbolic Systems Program
The Symbolic Systems Program is a degree-granting (B.S. and M.S.) program at Stanford University, focusing on the relationships between people and computers. Symbolic Systems is the primary sponsor of the Second Conference on Online Deliberation: Design, Research, and Practice.

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