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The Current: Part 2
E-Democracy – Markham
It's no secret that in many of the world's democracies, fewer and
fewer people are actually interested in the old ways of doing
politics . . . such as voting, for example. Countries like Canada and
Britain are quickly catching up to the low voter-turnout levels long
associated with the United States.
All this voter apathy has led some people to look to the promise of
the Internet as a way to engage average citizens in everyday
politics. And their vision of so-called "e-democracy" is gathering
In this half-hour, we'll examine the potential . . . and pitfalls . .
. of bringing democracy online. A little later, we'll head to Britain
to hear about some bold experiments there. But first, a little closer
to home . . . to Markham, Ontario. It's preparing to hold Canada's
first municipal election in which residents will be able to avoid the
queue at the ballot box and vote with the click of a mouse instead.
Frank Edwards is the Assistant to the Returning Officer for.
E-Democracy – Britain
Well, as we heard Markham, Ontario, is taking some of its cues about
online voting from Britain.
Earlier this year, Britain became the first country in the world to
experiment with Internet voting in a public election. And the
birthplace of parliamentary democracy is leading the way in other
areas, too, from online consultations to MPs' Web logs.
One person watching all these changes very closely is Stephen
Coleman. He's a professor of e-democracy at the University of
Oxford's Internet Institute and he joined us.
E-Democracy – Grassroots
Well, from government to the grassroots . . . many e-democracy
advocates say it's up to average people, not just their elected
officials, to bring political participation online.
Steven Clift is one of the leading proponents of e-democracy. He's a
founder of Minnesota E-Democracy, a citizen-based organization that
tries to improve democratic participation. He joined us from St.
Listen to The Current: Part 2
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