ymously to refer to the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to connect politicians and citizens by means of information, voting, polling, or discussion”(Gronlund, 2001, p. 22).
Internet is currently used extensively for paying various kinds of taxes penalties and also for registering votes. The spreading or electronic democracy is generally welcomed by people all over the world. However, sociologists have certain reservations in welcoming e-democracy whole-heartedly. “On one side, politicians and political activists talk enthusiastically about the possibility of a virtual polity in which the ideal of Ancient Greece is recreated; on the other side are those who fear for the destruction of democracy” (Street, 2012). This paper analyses the interactions between politics, technology and electronic democracy.
What strong democracy requires is a form of town meeting in which participation is direct yet communication is regional or even national.... The capabilities of the new technology can be used to strengthen civic education, guarantee equal access to information, and tie individuals and institutions into networks that will make real participatory discussion and debate possible across great distances. Thus for the first time we have an opportunity to create artificial town meetings among populations that could not otherwise communicate (London, 2012).
The interactions between the individuals and groups are vital in strengthening democracy. It should be noted that these interactions will help people to critically analyze the policies and strategies of the government so that they may get proper awareness about the merits and demerits of the government. In autocratic countries such as China or North Korea, government may not encourage people to interact freely either through electronic media or through print media. In such countries, people will never get any opportunity to know what is going on outside.
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