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1. What is your name?

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Kevin Walke

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?

The internet enables access to MPs in ways which need very careful consideration. As more people use the internet the possibilities for involvement in democracy become huge. Social media (the popular ones) are a DANGER to our democracy. These platforms record all their users activities online. Now we know, that this information is collected/shared with so-called democratic governments. Less than 30 years ago, during the cold war, we _inherently_ knew that mass monitoring of citizens is wrong. All parties should be abandoning all use of Facebook and Twitter etc to engage with their constituents.

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

See answer to first question. tl:dr - STOP using the privacy spoiling social media.

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?

Absolutely. This frightens career politicians. It has the potential to help provide the most accountable democracy.

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

No idea, I don't believe I live in a truly democratic country at the moment.

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?

Most of this isn't even news. It's soundbites that misrepresent the truth. This is likely to lead to even more short-termism. Which is obviously bad for democracy.

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

I think it needs a one-stop shop. I had a terrible time tracking down the results for the last elections.

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?

Cotinuous election campaigning would be utterly tedious, and probably turn more people off engaging with democratic process