[E-voting] Fwd: questionnaire e-democracy

Oldairhead airhead at midtel.net
Mon Mar 5 20:14:53 GMT 2007

ICTE Folks,

I too responded to the survey, answered the questions as best as possible 
given the problems with the construction of the instrument & questions.

I took the opportunity to explain my reservations about e-voting and 
encouraged the researcher to visit our web page and others of groups opposed 
to e-voting.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Catherine Ansbro" <cansbro at eircom.net>
To: "Fergal Daly" <fergal at esatclear.ie>
Cc: "Irish Citizens for Trustworthy Evoting" <e-voting at lists.stdlib.net>; 
<ybreindl at ulb.ac.be>
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2007 12:13 PM
Subject: Re: [E-voting] Fwd: questionnaire e-democracy

> 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."
> So it is vague as to whether or not it includes online voting.  (Perhaps 
> it depends on what you said democracy means to you?)
> The author's email address is ybreindl at ulb.ac.be
> 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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