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Essay of the Day: The Vision and Reality of Digital Democracy

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Michel Bauwens
21st March 2013

* Paper: Jan van Dijk. Digital Democracy: Vision and Reality.

The essay looks at the claims and achievements of digital democracy in the last 25 years and is recommended by Tiago Peixoto:

“Van Dijk’s paper adds to my list of readings on how little can be achieved by technology in the absence of institutional change (something few seem to care about / understand).

But it also brings me to another issue that I think is not stressed enough: the current enthusiasm around technology and open government strikes me due to its lack of historical perspective. And, if history serves as any guide, advocates in the open government space would fare better in managing their (and others’) expectations about what can and cannot be achieved by technology.”


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