[E-voting] Fwd: questionnaire e-democracy

Fergal Daly fergal at esatclear.ie
Mon Mar 5 17:17:18 GMT 2007

On 05/03/07, Catherine Ansbro <cansbro at eircom.net> wrote:
> Fergal,
> The first page says, "E-democracy can be defined as the use of
> information and communication technologies, above all the Internet, in
> the policy-making process and the State-citizen relations in order to
> encourage a direct and more active citizen participation in public life
> and the decision-making process."

It occurred to me that there might have been a definition earlier but
it's not included on the page where it asks the questions.
> So it is vague as to whether or not it includes online voting.  (Perhaps
> it depends on what you said democracy means to you?)

Evoting is included in some of the other questions so I assume it's
part of e-democracy but that makes it impossible for me to answer the
questions as I hold opposing views of the 2 halves of e-democracy.

> The author's email address is ybreindl at ulb.ac.be

I left a detailed comment in the survey too,

> I'll cc her this post so she can see the confusion.  There is so much
> naivete and lack of technical knowledge about electronic voting and
> internet voting.  It sounds like such a good idea in theory, yet the
> risk to democracy is extreme.  Most people have no idea of how risky it
> actually is, probably including proponents of "e-democracy".
> Catherine
> Fergal Daly wrote:
> > I took a spin through this and had to answer "don't know" to
> > everything on the last 2 pages because all the questions are "do you
> > think e-democracy is ..." but nowhere is e-democracy defined. From the
> > previous questions, I gather it's some combination of e-voting and
> > using the internet to interact with the government. One of which I
> > absolutely oppose, the other I think is a great idea,
> >
> >

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