Democracy Online

imageDemocratic Audit features a series of posts exploring how the internet is transforming democracy and the way citizens and elected representatives take part in political activity.

New opportunities for engagement and information-sharing among citizens, campaigners, candidates and others are emerging from the internet and related technology, particularly with rise of social media.

In this series we will examine the different ways in which the democracy has shifted to online platforms, asking whether the full potential of the technology is being realised, and if there are new risks and challenges to overcome.

Highlights of this series include:

image The Estonian experience shows that while online voting is faster and cheaper, it hasn’t increased turnout
Meelis Kitsing
image Online political discussions tend to be less civil when the participants are anonymous
Ian Rowe
image Despite the availability of social media as a campaign tool, 2010 was business as usual for constituency level campaigners
Benjamin Lee
image eVoting is a good idea, but it won’t happen any time soon
Andy Williamson
image MPs with slim majorities and frontbenchers are the most prolific parliamentary tweeters
James Donald

Read all posts in the Democracy Online series here.

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