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Factors influencing internet users’ intention to sign e-petitions

Karina Lia Meirita Ulo (Faculty of Computer Science, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia)
Achmad Nizar Hidayanto (Faculty of Computer Science, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia)
Puspa Indahati Sandhyaduhita (Faculty of Computer Science, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia)
Widia Resti Fitriani (Faculty of Computer Science, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia)
Meyliana (Department of Information Systems, School of Information Systems, Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta, Indonesia)
Zaenal Abidin (Department of Computer Science, Universitas Negeri Semarang, Semarang, Indonesia)

Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy

ISSN: 1750-6166

Article publication date: 6 November 2019

Issue publication date: 29 November 2019




This study aims to identify factors behind the intention to sign e-petitions, focusing on three aspects, i.e. information (argument quality), the source of information (source credibility) and personal perspective (personal relevance and altruism).


Data collection is done by using a quantitative approach through an online questionnaire. This study involved 211 respondents who were internet users in Indonesia who had signed an e-petition. The data were analyzed using structural equation modeling approach with IBM Amos version 22.0.


The findings revealed that there are three factors shaping internet users’ attitudes toward e-petitions, namely, altruism, AQ and personal relevance, of which altruism was the strongest factor. Those who have a positive attitude toward e-petitions seemed to have higher intention to sign e-petitions. Additionally, we discovered that internet users believe credible e-petition initiators deliver better arguments, which drive them to sign e-petitions.

Research limitations/implications

The finding related to elaboration likelihood model has revealed that not only the dual processing of central routes and peripheral routes but also the possibility of peripheral routes influencing the factors in the central route. Hence, future studies need to include the examination of this relation. Finally, altruism is identified as the major factor that influences people to sign e-petitions. Therefore, people should be aware of this factor while examining the environment that likely has voluntary aspects.

Practical implications

To improve the adoption of the e-petition system, it is important for the e-petition websites to maintain attitude factors to achieve the e-petition goals. It is also important that e-petition websites provide credibility information of the e-petition initiators and make it visible to everyone. The e-petition sites must be able to be personalized so that users can be categorized based on their profiles or interests. Finally, as altruism is the most influencing factor in shaping internet users’ attitude toward e-petitions, e-petition initiators need to write a persuasive and arousing information and images for their e-petition. Some templates, tips or even online training to persuasive public petitions also need to be provided.


This study attempts to fill the research gap by examining factors from three domains, i.e. information source (the e-petitioners), information/AQ and personal perspective (personal motivation) of the e-petition signers. The authors enrich the research model with altruism factors that influence attitude in signing petitions. This study illustrates the characteristic of Indonesian internet user’s and provides important implications for how the e-petitions site should improve the functionality of the sites.



Funded by: Kementerian Riset Teknologi Dan Pendidikan Tinggi Republik Indonesia PDUPT Grants.


Ulo, K.L.M., Hidayanto, A.N., Sandhyaduhita, P.I., Fitriani, W.R., , M. and Abidin, Z. (2019), "Factors influencing internet users’ intention to sign e-petitions", Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy, Vol. 13 No. 3/4, pp. 257-275.



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