Digital Democracy

A new political culture is emerging. Perhaps it already has emerged. It is based on 140 character inanity, on infectious memes and viral messages, a politics measured in the currency of clicks and shares and comments.
Fake news, cyber-trolls, echo chamber. We're in a new era. An era where digital technology has a tangible impact on our lives and in our politics. It's 'Democracy 2.0'. Although there are so many possibilities, we need to understand and clamp down on the abuse, in order to exploit the potential. There are so many positives and negatives of the internet. It's time for action on both.
With all of the new challenges online voting presents, it would equally open up a whole realm of opportunity. Opportunity to resign issues like 'accidentally spoilt ballots' to the dustbin, and opportunity to enable a more accessible method of voting for Londoners with disabilities and vision-impairments, as well as the city's youth and long-hour workers.
Digital democracy has taken centre stage of late. Indeed, the recent launch by Jeremy Corbyn of Labour's digital manifesto and plans to 'democratise the internet' show a realisation by politicians and parties that technology must be central to policy and should enable citizens to interact with the democratic process in a more participatory and meaningful way.
We've launched a pilot project where we're matching a team of digital mentors with a group of MPs in a collective quest for technological change. Embedded within the House of Commons and the parliamentary process, our four mentors will work with four MPs to develop their technological skills for the common good.
Is the political sphere moving fast enough to keep up with the needs of the people who live in the world? With the looming
Yesterday, Tom Watson MP launched the Labour party's new digital initiative to explore ways improve the party can interact
When launched in the UK we did so with the belief that by giving anyone the campaigning tools that big organisations have people would win change on their own terms. As small campaigns start to merge together and become greater than the sum of their parts, we're catching a glimpse of the future...
After an election there is often a period of reflection. I hope our politicians will see this as an opportunity to learn the lessons of the past 5 years, and the last 5 weeks, to build a better future for us all. As someone committed to improving our democracy, so will I.
It is, we are told, the most unpredictable election in several generations, with an endless variety of possible outcomes being outlined -- and most of us couldn't care less. The parade of politicians telling us what we want to hear is met by a ripple of disinterest and apathy. Surely this means our democracy is broken?