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Steven Clift Publishes Article on the Internet and Democracy

NCDD member Steven Clift wrote to us recently to let us know about his recently-published article on government, the Internet, and democracy — part of a 47 page collection to be published online shortly by the U.S. federal government. For the short and long versions, a link to the General Service Administration’s newsletters, or to be notified via DoWire.Org about the GSA’s online release of the full collection, see: http://www.dowire.org/notes/?p=383. To see a summary of Steven’s article “Ten Practical Online Steps for Government Support of Democracy” keep reading…

In summary:

Ten Practical Online Steps for Government Support of Democracy

1. Timely, personalized access to information that matters.

2. Help elected officials receive and sort, then better understand and respond to e-mail.

3. Dedicate at least 10% of new e-government developments to democracy.

4. Announce all government public meetings on the Internet in a uniform manner.

5. Allow citizens to look-up all of their elected officials from the very local to national in one search.

6. Host online public hearings and dialogues (or “e-consultations” as they are known outside the U.S.)

7. Embrace the rule of law by mandating the most democratically empowering online services and rights across the whole of government.

8. Promote dissemination through access to raw data from decision-making information systems.

9. Fund Open Source sharing internationally across e-government.

10. Local up – Develop a strategic approach to building local democracy online.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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