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The potential contribution of ICTs to the political process  pp31-39

Briony J Oates

© Mar 2003 Volume 1 Issue 1, Editor: Frank Bannister, pp1 - 62

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This paper discusses the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to help engage people in all parts of the political process: obtaining information, engaging in deliberation and participating in decision‑making. It also discusses limitations or barriers to using ICTs in these ways. Despite these limitations ICTs are likely to be increasingly tried in the political process. It is therefore important that we educate our young people for participation in an e‑enabled political process. The paper therefore reports on an educational project that demonstrated using ICTs in the political process and introduced some 13‑14 year olds to citizenship and electronic democracy, concentrating on a local mayoral election. The responses of the participants raise interesting issues about how to use ICTs in education and the desirability, or otherwise, of electronic electioneering. The paper contributes to our understanding and experience of citizenship education, e‑democracy and the use of ICTs in the political process.


Keywords: e-democracy, e-government, e-electioneering, citizenship education


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