E-Democracy: The Social Software Perspective

E-Democracy: The Social Software Perspective

Pascal Francq
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-976-2.ch005
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The success of the Internet has launched McLuhan’s idea of the global village. Over the years, the Internet has become a real political medium which has inspired the emergence of the concept of e-democracy. Despite some successful applications, many limitations prevent its wide expansion. Some of these limitations can be solved with social software, in particular with the emerging Web2.0 applications. This kind of applications may contribute to a better application of e-democracy processes for local political decisions.
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From Knowledge Networks To Political Media

The history of the Internet studied in section 2.1 shows that new collaboration tools and methodologies were continuously developed to increase knowledge sharing among social networks (scientific ideas, software, electronic resources, ...). Based on these emerging social networks, communities of net surfers have collaborated through the Internet on many different projects (section 2.2). As soon as the Internet allowed net surfers to freely exchange ideas, it was rapidly used to discuss political issues. The result is the evolution of the Internet to a real political medium (section 2.3).

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