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Bots, “dead people” participating in Net Neutrality online consultation

From online ballot-stuffing to trolling, we have previously discussed the many ways that online consultations can be compromised.  The FCC's consultation on net neutrality has become the latest victim in

Measuring Success in Online Citizen Engagement

How do you quantify success in citizen engagement? Too often, the response to this challenging question is reduced to an arbitrary number of participants. Metrics such as the number of surveys taken or page views achieved are

In Conversation With: George Polisner

Each month, PlaceSpeak presents a Q&A with experts in public engagement and civic technology. This month, we spoke with George A. Polisner, the founder of the non-profit – a privacy-protected social network built for

Know Your Boundaries When You Engage with the Public Online

From city planning to transportation infrastructure, from school districts to resource development, decision-makers across diverse industries need to know that they are hearing from real, relevant people within affected communities. As part of

PlaceSpeak Launches in Dallas, Texas

The City of Dallas’ Planning & Urban Design Department has incorporated PlaceSpeak as part of its Neighborhood Plus city-wide neighborhood revitalization plan. The project aims to engage local residents and a diverse range of community-based