Summary: Book Title
IOS Press, 2003
Value-Based Argumentation for
Democratic Decision Support
Katie Atkinson 1
Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool.
Abstract. In this paper we discuss the integration of two systems that are based
on a specific theory of argumentation: the first, an existing web-based discussion
forum; the second, a method to enable autonomous software agents to perform
practical reasoning based upon their subscription to social values. We show how the
output from the first of these systems can be used as input to the second and how
the information gathered can be reasoned about through computer support. The
purpose of the approach is to demonstrate how current theories of argumentation
can be used to assist with the analysis of public attitude in a particular debate, with
the specific example domain used being that of eDemocracy. We also provide some
discussion and comparison of these current tools with similar, earlier systems.
Keywords. eDemocracy, practical reasoning, argumentation frameworks.