Wednesday, 26 September 2007


One of the central values of Interactive Democracy is that democracy can be improved! Another is that technology and organisation are central to improving standards of living throughout the history of civilisation. However, their is a deep seated human fear of change and an appreciation of tradition. Structural change is usually painful for some and may undermine vested interests. Interactive Democracy seeks to use the best technology to improve civic life, but builds on our existing political structures and processes. I'd rather see it as an evolutionary process not a revolutionary one, stepping from simple ePetitions, greater awareness of them in the media, Parliamentary debate of ePetitions, parallel development of eVoting in conventional elections and more people becoming familiar with the technology and its application to "referendum issues" before the full Interactive Democracy I describe here. In between it needs lots of debate!

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