Feeds

Govt unveils plans for eDemocracy

Just 'elastoplast for sickly politics'

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

The Government is looking at ways it can use technology to reform the way people influence the running of the country.

Publishing a consultation paper today, the Government hopes it will "invigorate debate" and "enhance citizens' involvement" in the democratic process.

The document In the service of democracy examines two areas for Government action - the way people can interact with Government using technology, and e-voting.

Said Robin Cook, Leader of the House of Commons: "Our strategy for e-Democracy offers new ways of participating and seeks to complement rather than replace existing structures.

"The paper sets out our aim of using new technologies to promote, strengthen and enhance our democratic structures," he said.

However, the think-tank iSociety claims the Government hasn't been bold enough and has called on it to be more radical in the way technology can be used to enhance the democratic process.

Said iSociety spokesperson James Crabtree said: "This paper is an important step-forward, and puts Britain in pole position to capitalise on opportunities to use new technology to improve the workings of democracy. However, the Government now needs to think even bigger.

"eDemocracy needs to be more than an elastoplast for sickly politics. Without genuine new thinking and changing the way that politics is run, technology will not help to improve participation.

"Basically, if people don’t want to vote, and aren’t interested in participating, the fact that they could do it online will make no difference at all," he said.

The Government's consultation paper is available at www.edemocracy.gov.uk.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone
Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer
887 jobs 'preserved' in the process, says administrator PwC
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.