Adolescents' perceptions of the role of social robots in civic participation: An exploratory study

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Abstract

Civic technologies are aimed at supporting citizens to participate in democratic processes. Civic robots - social robots that are designed to support people in civic participation - have potential to lower the barriers of participation especially for youth who face obstacles in participating through formal channels. We conducted an exploratory study with adolescents to investigate their perceptions of possible roles for civic robots. In the study, we asked participants of a youth event (n=24, age range 14-21) to ideate civic participation related purposes and concepts for social robots. The findings suggest that scenarios in which a robot serves as social facilitator or provides decision support for civic activities seem promising. In addition, civic robots could indirectly increase participation ability by providing emotional or social support.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI '22: Proceedings of the 2022 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
PublisherIEEE Press
Pages826-830
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-8554-9
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction - , Japan
Duration: 7 Mar 202210 Mar 2022

Conference

ConferenceACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
Country/TerritoryJapan
Period7/03/2210/03/22

Keywords

  • social robots
  • adolescents
  • civic participation
  • digital civics
  • civic robots

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

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