Marc Webber #senedd2011

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Marc Webber #senedd2011

  1. 1. The good, the bad and the ugly E-democracy in action
  2. 2. What is democracy? <ul><li>“ the practice or principles of social equality” </li></ul>Source: Oxford English Dictionary
  3. 3. What is e- democracy? <ul><li>“ the practice or principles of social equality” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why bother? <ul><li>723,320 adult Facebook users in Wales </li></ul><ul><li>First week of March: Welsh phrases occupied top 10 UK Twitter trends of the week </li></ul><ul><li>500 tweets Gymraeg ar gael pob dydd </li></ul><ul><li>Over 60 Welsh Language apps on iPhone </li></ul>
  5. 6. THE UGLY <ul><li>Over 2/3 rd s of English authorities actually breaking the law by providing no e-petition </li></ul><ul><li>26% of council websites included listings future consultations planned, where they list current and past consultation exercises online </li></ul><ul><li>49% do not offer a map showing council ward boundaries. </li></ul><ul><li>You have to be there </li></ul><ul><li>You must not avoid the conversation </li></ul>
  6. 10. The Good
  7. 16. Bristol – ASKing the right questions <ul><li>Making data accessible on multi platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting the touch paper....then standing back </li></ul><ul><li>Allowing the conversation elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up...show people their voices are heard </li></ul>
  8. 18. “ Blogs improve the quality of a politician’s public perception and potentially the citizens’ voting decisions as well (irrespective of a potential contribution to deliberation).”
  9. 19. ”… ..Blogs can improve democratic processes in certain regards, where the traditional means of political communication have shortcomings — for example, they potentially allow more people to actively participate in political discourse.”

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