Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative Publications

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Data, Manuals, and Protocols

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From 2005-2017, CeRI was a multidisciplinary group of Cornell University researchers engaged in theoretical and applied research, in partnership with government agencies and civil society groups, to discover how the design and process of online engagement can support public discussion that is informed, inclusive and insightful.

The Moderator Protocol was used by moderators (students in a Cornell Law School e-Government Clinic) to facilitate dialogue and discussion during live discussions on our and platforms. It is provided here as a resource and reference tool. Additional information on the project is available at


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants No. IIS-1314778. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.