The purpose of this project is to research and develop a business & technical model for a web-based geo-authenticated public consultation service. Combining methodologies from social media, e-commerce & community consultation, this project will analyze best practices in each area to determine the most appropriate model for a scalable platform for targeted community engagement. Qualitative & technical research, in addition to a beta site evaluation at the City of Vancouver, will be conducted to provide the basis for developing the final report and prototype model. The research will be used by the partner to refine the business model and move to the next stage of business & technical development. The eventual goal is a scalable, re-usable platform that validates user locational identity within privacy constraints, for the purposes of implementing online community participation tools that will aid in public policy decision making. 

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Elicia Maine


Chris Macleod


New City Ventures




Information and communications technologies


Simon Fraser University



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