E-Democracy: May be in the future

The core rights of citizenship and critism of the basic structure of communication have been powerfully linked in the work of Raymond William, who argues that the basic rights of citizen to speak and hear are linked to the power to transmit and receive information.(Friedland,1996)In order to transfer the political system from representative democracy to direct democracy, it is crutial to provide certain platforms for citizens by governments to receive as well as trasmit inf0rmation about current issues in the state. If these platforms can be accessable from internet, it may be easier for citizens to follow and make contributions.

 

Being able to contribute to the state issues, citizens would feel ‘involved’ and ‘ part of the state’. However, electronic usage can also limit the amount of citizens. Although, Barber advocates teledemocratic measures, he does so only within a series of measures oriented toward ‘strong democracy’, including the use of new commmunications technologies to develop strengthened neighborhood assemblies, televised town meetings, a national civic communications cooperative, a civic videotex service to equalize access to information and promote full civic education of all citizens, and electronic balloting.Barber does not offer these measures as ends in themselves, but as means to develop stronger citizen participation in democratic governance in a society in which national scale precludes direct democratic assembly.(Friedland, 1996)

 

Electronic democracy can be seen possible at the moment. On the other hand, it may be implementted effeciently 0nly in the up coming decades. It is not enough just providing adequate conditions for the citizens. If not a lot of people do not go and vote once in 4 or 5 years, why would they want to be involve in the process almost everyday?If just a minority group use the electronic democracy technologies, then how we can differ that political system from representted democracy?

 

 

 

References;

Friedland, L. A. (1996) “Electronic democracy and the new citizenship”, in Media, Culture and Society, vol. 18, pp. 185-212