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Author Biography

Stephen Coleman is Professor of Political Communication in the School of Media & Communication, University of Leeds

Kruakae Pothong is a Research Associate at UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy.

Sarah Weston is a PhD student in the School of Media & Communication, University of Leeds and directed the dramatic scenarios used in the youth juries

Abstract

Nine ‘youth juries’ were established across three major British cities – London, Leeds and Nottingham -, each comprising twelve 12-to-17 year-olds who were invited to act as ‘jurors’ with a view to ‘putting the Internet on trial’. This article outlines the method that was designed for conducting these juries, focusing upon two innovative features: the organisation of deliberative juries, based upon a four-step process for arriving at policy recommendations; and the use of dramatic scenarios, intended to make relatable to personal experience what might otherwise have been regarded as abstract policy principles.

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