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This deck, presented at BOBCATSSS 2015, accompanies a case study of the use of an information system (IS) as a component of a procedure (of a democratic experiment) designed to enhance the complexity of a public discourse and the transparency of a newly established political institution—a grants commission subsidizing students' side-projects in an university setting.
Representative democracy is defined and justified by its relation to the governed—the public. It is therefore vital to understand and confront issues that threaten to undermine that relation. Two problems that are frequently discussed are the over-simplification of complex issues in the public discourse, and overshadowing of the political under the thick veil of professional politics.