Bachir Djelmami-Hani suggests how technology can be used to centralise political information. With the information explosion of the internet age, finding a clear view of policies and directives being pursued in politics can be near impossible for most citizens due to the mass and bias of media coverage. Djelmami-Hani demonstrates some innovative advantages available from the harmonization of technology and political processes, such as widespread participation, feedback mechanisms, and real-time exposure to decision and policy updates.
This proposal suggests how technology can be used to centralise political information into a single, clear and concise virtual platform to counter the effect of the information explosion in the wake of the internet age.
There is an abundance of political information following advances made in information technology and e-government. This information is dispersed in a very ‘chaotic’ fashion where most citizens do not have a clear view of what directives and policies are being pursued.
An online portal (website) can be used to channel, categorise and present such information to the public, in the same fashion as social media networks.
Such a portal will act as a platform for communicating legislative and political information to the general public, where individuals can log in to a web portal and instantaneously visualise decisions and policies of interest in real time.
This portal can further used to strengthen participative democracy and transparency, through the introduction of certain features such a feedback-voting system whereby users can comment and grade a specific piece of information or some political decision.
In line with the democratic aim of the project, the website can be open source, giving the opportunity for millions of users to put forward their technical expertise.
Making the project open source can also be a way of reducing costs.