Terms of service


You are reading this document because you have decided to participate to weDialogue – or because you are already participating in the experiment and want to check the Terms of Service.


weDialogue is delivered using this site – www.wedialogue.world that contains the enrollment process and the site www.weDialogue.eu that contains the experiment platform. In this document we refer to these two websites as the “Site”.

In this document you will find information about weDialogue, the entities that have organized the process, the principles that govern it, what you need to know about this process and the rules of behavior you are asked to follow during the experiment.

The following terms and conditions govern all uses of all content, services and products available on this Site. The Service is offered subject to your acceptance without modification of the terms and conditions contained herein and all other operating rules, policies (including, without limitation, the Data Management Policy) and procedures that may be published from time to time on this Site.

Use of the Site is subject to these Terms. In addition, the Data Management Policy explains how we use any personal information which we collect via the site. If you do not agree with these Terms or our Data Management Policy, please do not use this site.

If you are entering into this agreement on behalf of a company or other legal entity, you must have the authority to bind such entity, its affiliates and all users who access our services through your account to these terms and conditions, in which case the terms “you” or “your” shall refer to such entity, its affiliates and users associated with it. If you do not have such authority, or if you do not agree with these terms and conditions, you must not accept this agreement and may not use the services.

Please read these Terms of Service carefully before accessing or using the Service. By accessing or using any part of the Site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Service. Acceptance is expressly limited to these terms.

1. Roles of the organizations and individuals involved

The data management for this Site is shared between the following people:

  • Data Controller and responsible for the enforcement of the Data Management Policy: Professor Graham Smith, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster, London, W1T 3UW, g.smith <at> westminster.ac.uk. The Data Controller makes the final decision and has the final responsibility on every issue regarding the collection and management of personal data in this research project
  • Data Processors who are in charge of managing data for the purposes specified in the Privacy Policy: Mark Klein and Paolo Spada. They are the researchers who manage the data related to weDialogue on a day-by-day basis, according to the guidelines provided by the data controller.

2. weDialogue

weDialogue is a global citizens’ science project that aims to experiment with new ways of commenting on online news.

2.1. The purpose of the experiment and the entity/entities responsible

The objective of weDialogue is to compare the effect of three different approaches to commenting on online news: (1) deliberatorium, an argument mapping software, (2) Polis a survey based software and (3) a standard discussion platform. The objective of weDialogue is to conduct scientific research on the feasibility and impact of each of these approaches for promoting better quality dialogue.

2.2. The process

weDialogue will take place in September and October 2018.

The process is divided in 4 phases:

  • Phase 1 – Enrollment. In this phase participants will be asked to complete a survey that will collect some demographic attitudinal information that will be used to construct randomly generated groups that are identical at the start of the experiment.
  • Phase 2 – Discussion. In this phase participants will be invited to read news taken from the New York Times and will be asked to leave comments on the article and on other participants’ comments. Each participant will access only one of the three platform to protect the experimental nature of the study.
  • Phase 3 – Exit Survey. In this phase the online platforms will be closed and participants will be asked to complete a final survey that will contain both attitudinal and feedback questions. This survey will be mandatory to access the final phase.
  • Phase 4 – open phase. In the last phase of weDialogue, interested participants will be able to access all the different discussion platforms – not just the one they were assigned to during the experiment. The phase will conclude with an optional feedback survey.

2.3. The function of the Site and the activities delivered through the site

This Site will be used to support the delivery of weDialogue. In particular, it will be used to:

  • Collect survey responses
  • Collect comments added by participants
  • Collect ratings and preferences regarding ideas and proposals throughout the various stage of the process

3. Participants

Participation to weDialogue delivered through this Site is open to anyone aged 18 years old or above. To participate you will be asked to register to this Site. The terms of your registration are explained in the Data Management Policy.

Each User:

  • is responsible for maintaining the security of your account and password. The Manager cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage from your failure to comply with this security obligation
  • is fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account and any other actions taken in connection with the account
  • must immediately notify the Manager of any unauthorized uses of your account, or any other breaches of security
  • must not use the Service for any illegal or unauthorized purpose
  • must not, in the use of the Service, violate any laws in your jurisdiction

All Users of the Site shall be individual human beings. Accounts registered by “bots” or other automated methods are not permitted and will be deleted.

Your participation in weDialogue must be in strict conformity with the rules of weDialogue, with the Data Management Policy, and with the rules contained in these Terms of Service.

Your participation in the weDialogue process is regulated by the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council), more commonly known as GDPR. Further details are in the Data Management Policy.

4. Participants’ rules of conduct

Every participant is responsible for their account and password security maintenance. The weDialogue team is not responsible for any loss or damage due to failure to comply with this security obligation and is responsible for any activity concerned with their account.

weDialogue has rules of conduct that we expect participants to respect. These rules of conduct apply to every discussion, post and content on the weDialogue Site. The rules of conduct are:

  • Each individual can participate only via one unique login
  • Comments added to the platform should not include personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives or letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonation, incoherence and SHOUTING.

The organizers of the experiment reserve the right to remove you from the experiment if you engage in any of these activities on the platform

5. User generated contents

User Generated Content (UGC) is any media generated through the activity of users on this site including ideas, proposals, comments in a discussion, or materials otherwise made available through the Site.

Any content generated on the Site remains fully under the responsibility of the user who has generated it. This means that any user who assumes an active role in any process hosted on the site, such as making a proposal, commenting on a discussion, or making in other ways available (or consenting others to make available) any material published on the website, is entirely responsible for the content and for any harm related to its publication. This is notwithstanding the fact that the user generated content may be a text, a graphic, an audio file, or computer software.

Making these content available, users declare and warrant that:

  • They do not violate the Data Management Policy of the weDialogue process
  • Downloading, copying and using these UGC will not cause any violation of any right, including (but not limiting to) intellectual propriety, registering right, trademarks, industrial secrets, of any third parties.
  • Users have understood and are willing to respect the open access principle of the weDialogue process
  • User generated content will not contain or install viruses, worms, malwares, trojans or any other harmful content
  • User generated content are not spam
  • User generated content are not machine generated or randomly generated
  • User generated content do not consist in software meant to redirect traffic towards third parties’ sites for commercial purposes, or for any illicit purpose (such as phishing) or to induce in error any third party with a manipulation of the content (such as spoofing)
  • User generated content are not designed to induce readers into error about the identity of the generating user or of third parties
  • User generated content do not contain unwanted content such as spam links on newsgroup, mailing lists, other discussion groups and website, or commercial advertisings
  • User generated content do not include pornography, or menaces, or incitement to violence
  • User generated content abides by other aspects of the rules of the weDialogue site.

weDialogue is built on an Open Access principle. This means that, generally speaking, any content generated during the weDialogue process will be made available after the experiment for third parties for open and free use (for further details please consult the Data Management Policy).

The UGC are destined to be released as open data. weDialogue experiment results are to be released, after anonymization and scientific reprocessing, as open data.

User generated content containing source code is released by default under the terms of this license. If the generating user wants to change these terms, the burden of a different classifyication, using a different license and framing different terms of use, is completely on the generating user.

In the case of account deletion and a user exiting from weDialogue process, the UGC will be anonymized with the removal of any personal information (such as user name or profile picture) from the contents previously generated. However, content already generated and already published from the user will remain accessible.

6. Data Processor powers

The Data Processors can always:

  • Refuse or remove any content violating one or more rules of weDialogue, or that is in any way harmful or inappropriate
  • Temporarily halt or forbid access and the use of weDialogue process to any user or entity whatsoever that violates one or more rule of weDialogue.
  • Communicate to a user their removal from the Service, with immediate effect. When this procedure is triggered, the user will be restricted from participation in the weDialogue process while waiting confirmation or withdrawal of the restrictive action.  The restricted user has the to challenge the restrictive action. This right can be exercised by stating the user’s position in a written form sent to the Date Controller. Restriction will be decided by the Data Controller, in written form, within 72 hours.

7. Liability limitation

The services on this Site are provided “as they are”. The Data Controller limits its responsibility to exclude all warranties of any kind, expressed or implied. Neither the Controller nor any party involved or their suppliers and licensees, issue any guarantee that the Service will be free from errors or that access to it will be continuous or uninterrupted. Users download or otherwise obtain content or information through the weDialogue process’ services at their own discretion and risk.

Under no circumstances may the Controller or any party involved or their suppliers or licensees be liable for any negligence or other non-compliance with the Agreement and in particular for:

  • any violation of the law by users;
  • specific, incidental or consequential damages;
  • the cost of procurement for substitute products or services;
  • the interruption of use

8. Changes to this document

The Data Controller has drafted and approved this document. In the future, you will be informed about any modification of the Data Management Policy and Terms of Service for this Site. If there are any changes to these documents, an email will be sent to the email address you provided at the time of the registration on this Site.

If you think that a change in the legal documents can alter the terms of your participation in weDialogue, or can affect one or more of your rights, you can contact our Data Protection Officer to request additional clarification and/or object or start an erasure procedure.

9. Opt-out

It is always possible to halt your participation in weDialogue and to the activity carried out through this site. Exiting weDialogue does not mean that the data we store about you are automatically erased or destroyed. You can make an Opt-Out request by contacting info@wedialogue.world.

It is our responsibility to communicate to each third party concerned with the delivery of the services accessible to this site that you have activated the right of erasure

The erasure right does not generally apply to the content (UGC) you have created, generated and shared during your participation to the experiment. Your UGC are intended to be public and not contain personal data and is released by you as open data.

10. Contact information

For further information about the project, contact info@wedialogue.world.

11. Version

The current version of this document is version 1. It has been approved on October 24th 2018 and is valid since October 24th 2018.