The second International Conference on Software Security and Assurance took place between August 24-25 2016 in St. Pölten (Austria). Together with Igor Serov, we published a paper on “An experimental approach to reputation in e-participation”. This paper also received the Best Student Runner Up Award at the International Conference on Software Security and Assurance.
An experimental approach to reputation in e-participation
Abstract: While reputation systems have been widely used in the domain of e-commerce or e-banking. Surprisingly, only few research has adapted reputation into the domain of e-participation. E-participation is about ICT-supported participation of citizens in democratic processes and procedures (e.g., information, consultation or co-creation). So far, research has centered on the development of tools to model and deploy these democratic processes. The integration and use of reputation has been missing so far. Reputation could be very useful in the context of evaluating and rating comments and activities of users. The establishment of reputation can increase the trust of users in different activities e.g., comments or ratings and further elevate the trust of new participants. In this paper, we aim to address reputation in e-participation with an overview of state of the art and an experimental reputation model for e-participation. For example, we measure not only the quality of the comments but also the activity of the users. We ensure a certain level of assurance of the system by analyzing how unqualified posts can be removed with abuse reporter karma. For future work, we aim to perform user acceptance test in order to identify potential chances and pitfalls.