[E-voting] Fwd: questionnaire e-democracy

yana breindl breyan at googlemail.com
Wed Mar 7 17:34:49 GMT 2007


Thanks a lot for your remarks.

First of all I am sorry for the problems some of you may have encountered
with the questionnaire.
It is the first time I do that kind of research and my university kindly
allowed me to use an already existing questionnaire. Once online, I realised
that this questionnaire did not always function as it should. I apologize
for any inconvenience.

As to your comments about the definition of e-democracy, this stands indeed
on the first page. I deliberately chose to use a broad definition that can
also include e-voting. This may seem ambiguous yet I personally believe that
e-voting can certainly be considered as a part of e-democracy.
But be assured that your comments will be taken into account as you are
indeed not the only ones to express reserves about e-voting.

Thank you for your interest in my research and if you wish so, I will send
you the results as soon as they are ready.

Yana Breindl
Information and Communication Student (ULB)
Mail : ybreindl at ulb.ac.be

On 3/5/07, Oldairhead <airhead at midtel.net> wrote:
> 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.
> Wayne...USA
> ----- 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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