What we do
Our interest is in understanding how groups of individuals develop norms and how the Internet can help to facilitate this norm setting process. Specifically, our question is:
What are the requirements, options and consequences of realising Internet-mediated cooperative norm setting in distinct social domains?
We combine theoretical analyses of preconditions for “successful” norm setting processes, technical development of systems that support such processes, their actual practical application in different contexts and empirical evaluation.
Who we are
We are a group of researchers at the University of Düsseldorf comprising more than 25 faculty from various disciplines including business administration, computer science, law, communication science, politics and sociology. Formed in October 2011 and funded by the Strategic Research Fund of the University of Düsseldorf, we are currently focusing our efforts on the recently established NRW Graduate School on Online Participation. At the same time we are already implementing and evaluating a number of pilot projects.
The research group is developing an interdisciplinary teaching module on Theory and Practice of Online Participation. The course program started in winter 2012 and stretches over two semesters. For the module starting in winter term 2013/14 we have extensively redesigned the courses.