Faculty Advisor

Shue, Craig A.

Abstract

Civil Good is a website concept proposed by Alan Mandel with the goal of enabling safe, anonymous, productive, and civil discourse without the disruptive behavior and language common to much of the Internet. The goal of Civil Good is to improve the critical thinking and discussion skills of its users while combating the effects of political polarization and misinformation in society. This paper analyzes Mandel's proposed concept, providing additional research to either support or refute the various features proposed, and recommendations to simplify user interactions. It also examines topics mentioned only briefly or not discussed by Mandel, such as data protection methods, the psychology of Web browsing, marketing, operational costs, legal issues, monetization options, and mobile presence.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Computer Science

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