Response 921447618

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About You

1. What is your name?

Name (Required)
David Farnsworth

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:
By enabling the MP to set up a digital-based Forum for informed choice in the constituency - see attached paper

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

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:
To increase citizens' ability and wish to be more directly involved.

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:
Undermine: streams of information, digital or otherwise, are not the dialogue necessary for representative democracy