E-Democracy (Redux)Posted: 13 June 2011
College of Political Knowledge
I recently wrote a piece for Info Ink about E-Democray……a new form of governance that is coming into its own…..if you would like to see what I wrote then click away, my friend…….http://t.co/y2fNA6F
a form of direct democracy that uses information technologies and communication technologies and strategies for political and governance processes. Such processes can be used for governance of local communities, nations and internationally. Democratic actors and sectors in this context include governments, elected officials, the media, political organizations, and citizens/voters.E-democracy aims for broader and more active citizen participation enabled by the Internet, mobile communications, and other technologies in today’s representative democracy, as well as through more participatory or direct forms of citizen involvement in addressing public challenges.
E-Democracy may be getting its first test……In Iceland, the land of the oldest parliament…….
“I believe this is the first time a constitution is being drafted basically on the Internet,” Thorvaldur Gylfason, a member of the constitutional council, told Britain’s Guardian newspaper. “The public sees the constitution come into being before their eyes.”The council is posting draft clauses on its Web site, and the public comments there or on a Facebook page. The panel’s meetings are open to the public and streamed live online.The constitution provides for separation of powers to prevent a repeat of the financial crisis and changes elections to the Parliament, the Althing, which dates from 930.