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Politics In The Digital Age: A Transformation

  • Feb 26, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Douglas Carswell MP has agreed to host a meeting at the House of Commons on “Politics In The Digital Age: A Transformation.”

At this meeting we want to discuss how the digital age could and is changing politics fundamentally. In Douglas Carswell’s Book The End of Politics he suggests that the digital revolution amounts to a transformation in human affairs on a par with the agrarian and the industrial revolutions. It will change the way that human social and economic affairs are arranged. Collectivism without government is going to be possible in a way that was previously unimaginable. The elite oligarchy will be overthrown.

But others are more cautious and believe that Governments and Major Corporations will try to take over and control the Internet and we will see the advent of a new big brother society where nothing will be private and the minutest detail of our lives become the property of the state. The elite oligarchy will not be overthrown. They will continue to rule with a vengeance.

Douglas was first elected to Parliament in 2005 in Clacton. Douglas Carswell found prominence by calling for reform of parliamentary expenses before the 2009 expenses scandal. In recognition of his efforts to bring change to Westminster, in 2009 Spectator readers voted him Parliamentarian of the Year and The Daily Telegraph nominated him a Briton of the Year. His new book, The End of Politics and the Birth of iDemocracy, was published in October 2012.

Nick Pickles is a Law graduate of the University of Durham. He joined Big Brother Watch as Director in September 2011, with a background in corporate public relations and technology. He will talk about some of the dangers of the digital age and the how the Internet could be used to create a big brother society where our privacy is invaded. Before joining Big Brother Watch he worked with small SMEs and multinational companies in corporate communications, in addition to working in the House of Commons.

Matthew Elliott is the founder and former Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance. He also acted as Campaign Director for the successful NOtoAV campaign in the 2011 Alternative Vote referendum. He believes that the digital revolution creates new opportunities for citizen activism. In 2010 Matthew was described by the BBC as “one of the most effective lobbyists at Westminster” and he was ranked by Total Politics as one of the top 25 political influencers in the UK. Matthew led the successful NO to AV campaign in May 2011. Matthew has written four books on public spending and is a Fellow of the RSA.

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  • Christina M.

    Enlightening, thought provoking, brilliant presentations and contrasting colourful characters. A very well balanced discussion on all sides. The power as Paddy McGinty so beautifully puts it, is 'in our hands'.

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • Rajen

    It was an interesting topic in the first place but great value was added by the diversity, open-ness and free sharing of views and thoughts on either side.

    2 · February 27, 2013

  • Jon W

    A thought-provoking evening.

    February 27, 2013

  • Jonathan L.

    Outstanding speakers and excellent discussion, so many more questions have come to light as a result - there needs to be much more of a national conversation around this topic.

    February 27, 2013

  • Peter F.

    An interesting and thought-provoking set of presentations, I agree. Douglas Carswell's attitude and points made were very refreshing. thanks to all concerned.

    February 27, 2013

  • Francis S.

    Westminster Sound has made a recording of this meeting. There maybe some redundant chat at the meeting as they start their recording well before the meeting starts normally but you can hear the whole meeting by downloading the file at http://www.filecentral.se/filecentral/app/en/pub-downloadForm.html?uuid=1e4a34e0-51f0-488a-9a97-1a9acf8808ab

    This will be available for download for the next 15 days only.We are grateful to Westminster Sound for making this recording for us.

    February 27, 2013

  • Elena

    very interesting! it gave me food for thought.

    February 27, 2013

  • brian

    interesting

    February 27, 2013

  • MJY (Michael Y.

    Three excellent presentations and responses. Best GlobalNet21 meeting I've attended so far.

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • terence f.

    excellent and lively presenters with an empathetic approach yo the electorate.

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • Jeremy

    Very interesting and good presentations

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • Gordon O.

    Excellent presentation by all the speakers!

    2 · February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will the session be recorded for online listening?

    February 26, 2013

  • Jazz R.

    The gold rush of the Internet and Social Media is centered not around access to massive networks but the potential for massive relationships. Those who drive business without values or compassionate leadership are being caught out and brought to account. Little is now invisible. Even those who run the world order are having to throw scapegoats ahead of their soon to emerge day of reckoning. They know the world is experiencing a sea change. A paradigm shift is happening and a new mindset is being demanded using new techniques of relating and resonance scaled and amplified in effect by emerging social and financial technology. We do not need to consider the shift a matter of hope, for it is already a matter of inevitability.

    4 · February 25, 2013

    • Alan

      The very existence of this site and the postings on it shows the transformation from say 15 years ago, and before the internet, when we could never have communicated with so many strangers instantly as we can now... online petitions are having a huge effect on the activities of those in power who would behave unethically.

      February 26, 2013

    • Prodeepta D.

      A pity, can't make it but look forward to the outcome.

      February 26, 2013

  • Judy M.

    sorry cannot make it tonight after a distressing visit to the dentist - very disappointed!

    February 26, 2013

  • Yorick B.

    Sorry, I can't make it now. Hope someone can go in my place. Thanks

    February 26, 2013

  • Ben M.

    Hi everyone...whether or not you are attending you are invited to join the conversation online: we will be broadcasting on Twitter via https://twitter.com/globalnet21 and using the hashtag #digitalpolitics

    February 26, 2013

  • Anna

    I'm not sure whether I'll be able to get there in time after my appointment in High Barnet just before but will come if I can make it.

    February 26, 2013

  • Angela

    I'm sorry have come down with cold hope it goes well

    February 26, 2013

  • Philip H.

    I’m sorry, have to work
    Phil

    February 26, 2013

  • Cherry

    Sorry can't make it now as working late tomorrow.

    February 25, 2013

  • Karen

    Sorry I can't make it. I have lots of work to do for uni.

    February 25, 2013

  • #sonofkowa (.

    Will ...if I can get Section 17 leave from Dr Cormac Fenton, Sussex Ward, Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield EN2 8JL , who is "unlawfully detaining" us and infringing our right to autonomy!
    #sonofkowa
    @SoK (Facebook)

    February 25, 2013

  • Prathap

    Will this be recorded?

    February 24, 2013

  • Prathap

    Gotta attend to something else :/

    February 24, 2013

  • Porsche

    Can't attend again. My sincere apologies.

    February 24, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Have to be out of town for work, sorry to miss it

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    shame but will be away

    February 23, 2013

  • Rob P.

    I agree with the proponents of the fee it's excellent value and I paid it!

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Elena

    wow honestly ten pounds a year is not even a pound a month...it also costs money to be on 'meetup'-plus room rental etc.
    it's a great group that does good things, if you disagree with the payment, then find a group that is free perhaps they meet at caffe nero...but then you'll have to order a coffee so you've already gone above your £ 1.00 a month...

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Dan C.

    Hi, topical debate or what! I've just started studying PPE working my way into tech and democracy. Hope to get introduced to lots of you, http://www.dancourse.co.uk/

    February 13, 2013

  • Catherine Sarah H.

    Many who post things Fb and other sites get blocked from doing so...

    February 12, 2013

  • Philip H.

    The internet is a great media experience, Face book, and Twitter. Corporations have already taken action by dismissing employees who have made comments. Big brother is out there, getting bigger.

    February 11, 2013

  • Christina M.

    Thank you for the invite and am excited to be joining in this conversation. The way I see it, the debate is not so much about "Big Brother" taking over and other such conspiracy theories (although all of that of course is an intriguing plot and a colourful distraction!), but our roles as individuals in taking personal responsibility for how we shape our communication, our present and our future. Who is the master and what is driving who?

    2 · February 11, 2013

  • Phil S.

    This right up my street but unfortunately will be elsewhere on this date.

    February 11, 2013

  • Prodeepta D.

    A very topical issue.

    February 11, 2013

  • P.Selvaratnam

    Catherine and Luke, any possibility of merger??

    1 · February 6, 2013

    • Catherine Sarah H.

      Also you may see some of the projects we are doing here http://globalunityhar...­

      February 7, 2013

    • Luke F.

      Always excited to talk about such things, let's definitely meet up! However I think we'd be writing a whole new web app from scratch so technically it'd be a totally separate technology, though I'm sure we could share ideas/potentially work together..

      February 10, 2013

  • Luke F.

    I invite anyone to get in touch with me if they're interested in the project I'm setting up:

    ChangeTheFuture - The platform for everyone to shape education, together.

    Once the website has proven itself as a brilliant way of exploiting the unique insight of everyone in society to collaboratively improve UK education (one proposal at a time!), the ultimate goal is to extend it's remit to ALL issues affecting society; increasingly reducing the power of the government and empowering the people instead, but in an organized, gradual way.

    I hope for this to be the way tomorrow's society runs itself.

    www.ChangeTheFuture.co.uk

    4 · February 6, 2013

    • Pamela M.

      Hi Luke. I like the website - great idea. Now following you on twitter. You would be very welcome at the next meeting of our learning network group within GlobalNet21 http://www.meetup.com...­

      February 7, 2013

    • Luke F.

      Nice one Pamela! I'll check that out : ]
      If you want to find me at the event too it's[masked]

      February 7, 2013

  • Ben M.

    Is there a hashtag for this event? Would be good to extend the conversation onto twitter both at and around the event. Would seem appropriate!

    February 6, 2013

  • P.Selvaratnam

    Politicians have been slow to use research findings in formulating policies and have been exacerbating conflicts in lands they don't know about. Hope advancing technology facilitated them to do better.

    February 5, 2013

  • Francis S.

    Ro you can still attend if you arrive at 7.0pm so do come along.

    February 5, 2013

  • Pamela M.

    I agree about the comparison with the Industrial Revolution, and wrote about it in Despatches from the Invisible Revolution - readable online at the book order page http://pediapress.com/books/show/07ebb0bdddb0412af5bfc25bc35d2a/

    February 5, 2013

  • Ro A.

    I would have loved to have come to this. Shame it's at 6:30. By 7 I could probably have made it. I have swung from side to side on the kind of power that electronic means could place in the hands of individuals when it comes to politics. At first I envisioned a direct democracy like ancient Greece but with machines taking the part that was filled by slaves to make that possible. I thought it would be far preferable to our current system. The problem is I am not sure that our educational system comes anywhere close to preparing the public to take such responsibility for their country. I suppose the ultimate nightmare scenario was shown in 'The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer'. I am an optimist myself but where there is profit to be made there are people employed to work out how to get every advantage possible no matter how underhand.

    February 5, 2013

  • Ro A.

    I shall be a tad late but looking forward to it.

    February 5, 2013

  • P.Selvaratnam

    Politics shouldn't be left in the hands of politicians only

    February 5, 2013

  • Prathap

    Looking forward

    February 5, 2013

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