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Gordon Owen

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?

Comment:
(1) Disseminate background information and details on demand surrounding legislation and decisions including a less rickety stairs for the electorate to have communications with those responsible to input. (2) Enable better ‘consultation’ not abuse the work which simply seeks to tell the electorate what is going to be done, have deliberated and then do what was in agendared intention un any event. (3) Provide a platform for dialogue and feedback so that at least the majority consensus of the electorate is reflected in the final decision or pieces of legislation.

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

Comment:
(1) Very much engages MP’s to better engage with the electorate ad makes them better accountable, not withstanding that in a high proportion of cases the electorate do not truly understand the extent and scope of substantial work MP’s do behind the scenes. (2) Contrary to undermining, it helps MP’s dispel misconceptions, (or of tarring everyone with the same brush, when there might be a derogatory high profile MP in the media), to better help the electorate to understand the volume of work carried out daily/weekly throughout most of the year.

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?

Comment:
(1) When true public option is required to gauge issues, (as opposed to inappropriate influences by the press in particularly, but not exclusive) social media can be used to engage and obtain feedback that we enable a more accurate picture to be obtained, and avoid negative agendas of the press by bypassing and dealing on mass with the electorate. (2) There will be negative, ignorant, and lack of understanding people who will respond in the midst of this but even this negative can be turned into a positive by being able to understand the quarters where this is coming from and then enable a plan a strategy to dispel, or at least minimalise the negativity.

9. What will democracy look like in 15 – 20 years?

Comment:
(1) Voting electronically via mobiles, tablets, and TV. For a specified period prior to any election, parties + candidates material, (as well as independent authority guidance on this). (2) Under secure mail, (improved from the current way of sending postal ballot), electorates will be able to vies parties polices, campaigns, as well as a biography of what each of the candidates stand for measured against what is called for on a local, regional, national, or Eu basis. On a certain day, or days, each candidate will make themselves available on like or channel for live debate for half a day to each out to those who close to want to beg questions, queries, or understand the mind set of the candidate to enable the electorate to collective be more informed. The electorate will at a point will receive a secure PIN and on the designated day of the elections, over a 15=24 hours period, (making it available to young; old; people at work; people at home; unemployed, disabled; and all eligible electorates) to login, use their pin, and vote as we would on a ballot paper today. (2) Perhaps, with certain exemptions, and people making good cause in extenuating circumstances, it will be mandatory that as a UK citizen it is the duty, and therefore obligatory, that all eligible electorate people will vote even if that vote is for an option of none of the parties/candidates.

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?

Comment:
(1) Social media will enable live discussions, debates, and delivers updates information almost as it happens so keep the electorate engaged and help them make better informed decisions rather than from press, or propaganda material. (2) Collectively this will reduce costs on parties for campaign and more realistically help them to maintain a cap on election campaigns sending so s to reduce the need for substantial sponsored funds which can be genuine, and can be seen as corrupt for wanted inferential reasons by those who cam afford to buy in.

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

Comment:
Improved plain English guidance and instructions with the ability to gain almost instantaneous contact to clarify processes and any other queries

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?

Comment:
(1) Over time, yes. We currently have a transitional and aging electorate who do not in any way understand, use, or engage with the internet – some, but simple takes such a e-mails, and view the main social media websites but would struggle to cope with forms. There is also an element of suspicion and mistrust as to ‘big daddy’…..who is looking at the data, what is done with it, where is it stored, how secure is it, who it is shared with, and even despite assurances, trust and acceptance is always going to be an issue particularly when media announces the occasional abuse, loss, or change of use, (surreptitiously not announced & discovered), or withheld under some guise heading to try and mitigate. (2) Therefore an independent body will need to be set up to manage this who’s first task will be to earn the trust of the electorate to be able to engage with wider audiences necessary to get the best turnout results.