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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:
Using the internet and social media should make communicating with MPs and MPs with their constituents so much easier and quicker, but MPs seem reluctant to use these new tools often enough, or if used, are not used to give detail just acknowledgment.

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

Comment:
It should enhance the link and make MPs more readily aware of concerns we have and opinions we have, and enable MPs to gather data about current feelings and worries about most issues in a quick and efficent way.

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:
yes

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

Comment:
Disturbing different to that of today, as political factions will probably dominate and control access to MPs thereby disenfrancising the majority of the public.

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:
Probably increase the confusion and prejudice amongst the general public. I read it in the Daily Mail/Express/Sun/etc will be replaced by I read it on the internet.. so it must be true.

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

Comment:
Using other than the traditional approach of voting at the polling station may increase fraud and deception. However, if everyone had access to electronic voting and there was a way of ensuring honesty and integrity in this system of voting and it was made compulsory then I am in favour of ensuring that everything to do with elections was available electronically

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:
Its happening already.