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?
The internet can publicise via websites, whereas social media can target particular demographic areas.
It is also an instant and mass form of communication that gets directly to those people affected by politics, which is all of us
It is vital that politicians of all levels interact more with the internet in all it's guises.
Does social media enhance the local link for MPs, or undermine it by involving them in more national and international discussions?
Social media is a way to enhance links with constituents by informing those very people what they are up to in their name.
Although it can drag them into debates locally, and you have to watch what you post as it is in the public domain.
Use of interactive technology is increasing. Is this likely to increase pressure for more direct democracy, such as crowd-sourcing, referendums and citizens’ initiatives?
The internet via way of these sources is either free or limited cost to reach potentially massive audiences.
The future of engagement with politicians in the future by citizens who see politicians as servants with constituents being the customers is more than likely to result in people expecting to engage more digitally.
What will democracy look like in 15 – 20 years?
People will be voting via websites, text etc.
Information about politics
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?
The problem with the mass of information digitally has the potential to confuse even the most educated of people.
We could face information overload. The traditional media such as TV etc have a role to play in educating the public of the mechanics and importance of democracy and how we engage with it in a postmodern consumerist arena.
How can online provision of information about elections be improved, including details of where to vote, how to vote and the results?
Information could be held via social media and websites about how citizens in a locality vote including polling stations, electoral rules etc all on one page.
Citizens want one method of ease of communication.
Can we expect continuous election campaigning through digital channels – what would citizens feel about that and would it undermine or strengthen representative democracy?
Not everything can be digital. A person, not a machine, is a politician and actually has to make those daily important decisions. Again, digital could as well be too much.