The techno-centric gaze: incorporating citizen participation technologies into participatory governance processes in the Philippines

Published on 16 November 2017

Much of the existing research on citizen participation technologies takes the technology as its starting point, focusing primarily the identification and analysis of technical barriers to adoption and assessing opportunities for technical improvements.

The authors argue that this techno-centric gaze obscures non-use and the reasons that many citizens remain excluded. Instead, this research adopts a human-centric approach, selecting specific user groups as case studies rather than specific technologies, and identifying the contextual social norms and structural power relations that explain the use and non-use of citizen participation technologies.


Tony Roberts

Digital Cluster Research Fellow

Kevin Hernandez

Research Officer

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