Saturday, 10 March 2012
One of the basic truths of information technology is that it's cheap and getting cheaper.
A web based democracy has the potential of being by far the cheapest way of operating any ballot, any general election and as secure as your online bank account. This leads to the thought that it's inevitable that it will be adopted if only to save money.
But web voting also opens up all sorts of opportunities: More frequent voting at negligible extra cost; the facility for involving everyone in policy; and the opportunity to rent out the system to other organisations, perhaps businesses, perhaps unions, maybe other organisations, may mean that it actually covers its costs. Interactive Democracy explores how this technology can be harnessed to enhance democracy.