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More discussion on e-democracy - issues and implementation.

Please see the Meetup wiki at for e-democracy issues, organisations and anything else added by you and others! This is also open to those interested in e-democracy outside the Meetup.

These Meetups are organised to try to be as convenient as possible for as many people as possible. Please do let me know if you would like changes to Meetup times or to suggest times for future Meetups.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry I can't make it into London today. But I do hope to join you next time.

    March 22, 2014

  • Kheira

    Hi, I am really sorry but unfortunately, I will not be able to join tomorrow. But definitely I will for the next meet up! Best, Kheira

    March 21, 2014

    • Tom L.

      Hi Kheira, Thanks very much for lesson us know. Look forward to seeing you another time! Best, Tom

      March 22, 2014

  • Tom L.

    Email from Paul (and my reply) with a few more things to discuss:

    Hi Tom

    Just for the avoidance of doubt: when you/the group talk about e-democracy do you mean electronic/online voting for elections (ie continuing to send representatives to Parliament) or do you mean an electronic/digital version of Direct Democracy - when we stop sending representatives to Parliament are able to vote ourselves on each piece of legislation going through Parliament?

    Have you considered the differences between Direct Demoracy and Delegated or Liquid Democracy? Just some other thoughts to throw into the mix! Look forward to seeing you on 22 March.

    with kind regards,
    Paul Robinson

    February 28, 2014

    • Tom L.

      Hi Paul,

      Yes - this is a really interesting topic. It's one we talked about last time in fact, but there's plenty more to cover!

      In terms of the Meetup, it's intended to be a space where an open discussion can take place about different possible types of e-democracy - not to have any kind of preselected option already in place.

      Personally, my general preference is towards liquid democracy because I think it gives more freedom and a better 'policy-crowdsourci­ng' effect, more likely to foster the creative policy solutions needed in today's complex world. But that's going to need to be balanced against various other concerns, such as security (e.g. for terrorism or perhaps where certain types of specialist knowledge required), which may require mandatory delegation to some extent. Ultimately I think an e-democratic system would need to draw on democratic input to decide where the balance lay in all these areas (constitutionally self-designing). [continues...]

      February 28, 2014

    • Tom L.

      The question of how e-democracy interacts with Parliament is a pretty knotty one, I think! I think I see e-democracy as needing to start bottom-up (because I think people are too suspicious of government initiatives) - a kind of social networking. The relationship such a platform would have with Parliament is interesting - if popular and effective the views reached there could start to question the legitimacy of any opposing view reached in Parliament. At some stage hopefully the two would fuse in some way, though I think current Parliamentary structures would then evolve fairly rapidly according to the types of debates you're mentioning.

      I'm looking forward to hearing more at the Meetup or let me know if you have any more immediate thoughts!



      February 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent! I can make this one. Looking forward to seeing lots of you there. Thanks

    1 · February 5, 2014

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