Friday, February 18, 2005
On-line and wired
- The numbers accessing and contacting parliament and MPs online are small and are mainly drawn from traditionally engaged and active citizens.
- There are high public expectations for more online activity by MPs and the HoC as an institution.
- Technology matters, as long-term internet users and especially broadband users benefit most from virtual representation, and have higher attitudes concerning the online supply of institutional transactions.
- Parliaments are not reaping the full benefits of ICTs: there is an untapped reservoir for political engagement via institutions.
- The planned, careful supply of virtual representation matters, as devolved parliaments reap a digital dividend, at least in terms of public visibility, which still eludes the HoC.
- Despite a widespread support for a range of online services and participatory initiatives, the public are distrustful of casting their ballots online, three years after the first e-voting pilots in the UK.
There is also a list of AM websites. Exploration of some of these reveals that they vary in quality.
No plain English award for you this year!