How to Innovate E-Democracy in Britain

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.

Published

2015

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Authors

Bachir Djelmami-Hani

Executive Summary

  • 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.