e-Democracy and Community Networks: Political Visions, Technological Opportunities and Social Reality

e-Democracy and Community Networks: Political Visions, Technological Opportunities and Social Reality

Tom Gross (German National Research Center for Information Technology, Germany)
Copyright: © 2002 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-19-8.ch012
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Abstract

Political systems and technology are interdependent and influence each other. On the one hand, political systems and political leaders aim at influencing technological development and benefiting from technological progress; on the other, technological development has a considerable proportion of its own dynamics and potential to influence society and political systems. This chapter particularly focuses on electronic democracy and virtual communities and accordingly discusses recent ideas and plans of political leaders, derives requirements for technology, presents systems and prototypes, and reports cases demonstrating how and what technology is really used.

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