In the context of online participation processes the term transparency refers to:
- the disclosure and understanding of (legal and governmental) rules and procedures which are the basis of and shape the process,
- the reasons for and means of activation of participants,
- the behavior of individuals or groups involved in the process, e.g. their visibility, the accountability of their decisions and actions,
- and the communication and confirmability of rules of preference aggregation which lead to a decision and finally to a process output.
Transparency can be regarded as a characteristic of the online participation process as well as an analytical criteria. Thus, it describes a feature of the process itself as well as a perspective from which an online participation process can be analysed.
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