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Jonathan Griffiths

Elected representatives

6. Members of Parliament are elected to represent local people’s interests in the House of Commons. How can the internet and social media help with this?

Every county council website should have a clear front page section that details current and future discussions that their local MP will take part in at Parliament. There should then be the option to vote on each issue so that the MP can get a feel for their constituencies attitude. This can be linked to social media with links on twitter or by paying facebook to promote issues to peoples newsfeed based on IP location. Council websites also need a drastic facelift. If the percentage of voters is under a certain level, then

7. Does social media enhance the local link for MPs, or undermine it by involving them in more national and international discussions?

I have not used social media to engage with my current local MP.

8. Use of interactive technology is increasing. Is this likely to increase pressure for more direct democracy, such as crowd-sourcing, referendums and citizens’ initiatives?

As a Technology Enhanced Learning Analyst, I have seen all trends supporting the rise in interactive technology. Is this likely to increase pressure? Yes. I would be happy to discuss this further.

Information about politics

10. Most people still get most of their news from television, although this seems to be changing in favour of online information. Traditional news organisations are also changing. What impact will this have on elections and democracy in general?

News is obviously accessed faster by the masses than it ever has been. This will impact elections as alongside online information is online communication. Poll predictions, scandalous information, knee jerk reactions, factual information and personal opinions are now mixed and spread instantly. The effects of this? I'm not sure it will have much effect unless more people actually vote. In the European elections, I watched on twitter as UKIP were slaughtered by the masses, and if it alone were to believed, UKIP would not get a single vote. That didn't quite happen. Was social media responsible for pacifying people into thinking that they didn't need to vote as their option would probably get it anyway?

11. How can online provision of information about elections be improved, including details of where to vote, how to vote and the results?

Online information is very informative. I suspect that people are too lazy/don't see the value of voting. If there was a way of voting with a smartphone/webcam using the same technology as the new airport face scanners to verify you are who you are, people could vote from the comfort of their home, rather than following it on their smart device but not actually taking part.

Political campaigning

12. Can we expect continuous election campaigning through digital channels – what would citizens feel about that and would it undermine or strengthen representative democracy?

This would depend on the content. In principle, this would not be a problem but it depends on how it is approached. I'm imagining Dave Cameron spouting street slang in 6 second Vines and outdated txt speek on twitter, but I know that would never happen. In an age where we can access all information all the time, regimented and carefully scripted sound bites on airbrushed faces, being pushed at us on social media and just before Eastenders wouldn't get the Youf vote. Nor would trying to appeal to the common man by pretending to be the common man. Basically, it is a balancing act of appealing to one demographic without putting another off too much