Response 310619015

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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?

By updating residents on their work and voting

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


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?

Social media are very powerful in getting some ideas and causes heard.

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

There will be more e-services available on the Internet, hopefully in one website you'll be able to pay your tax, sort the benefits, register for council tax or cast your vote.

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?

More people will have access to a variety of information all at once; they won't have to rely on subjective opinion of a journalist or be prone to not knowing about something due to editorial fact selection.

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

It's ok right now.

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?

Digital channels are easier to use if you want to access massive audience. It should enhance the representative democracy