Web 2.0 and Democracy

Anyone who has been reading my blog since the good ol’ days (three months ago!) may have picked up that I have a passing interest in politics as well as PR.

I don’t know if it’s just becasue local election fever is starting to grip, but the ‘Big D’ – democracy – has been at the forefront of my mind recently.

Aside from local elections, it’s also a hot topic in Nepal.

That’s why I’m looking forward to attending the event, Web 2.0: Where’s the democratic dividend? being organised by the centre-left think tank, Demos, next month. Elzabeth Albrycht’s speaking and she’s got more here.

On top of all this excitement, there has also been some excellent conversations started by Neville Hobson’s post on an article in the FT about PR and spin.

Philip Young then picks up on this and the subsequent comments about Neville’s post made by New Labour starlet, David Miliband MP.

All good stuff…. and to top it off over lunch I read Jeff Jarvis’s consistently excellent MediaGuardian column about how Web 2.0 technology is re-shaping politics as we know it.

I’m moved to think more about politics, democracy and Web 2.0 in future posts…


  1. What do you make of the Euston manifesto (http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/eustonmanifesto/2006/04/07/manifesto/)?
    I view myself as a liberal individualist (ie not of the left) but I don’t disagree with a phrase in it. Health warning: it’s controversial…

  2. I think it could be something very exciting. Someone once said (Einstein?) you can’t solve a problem with the same mentality that created it.
    I think the current development of technology/social media etc may potentially offer such a radically different solution to the present political impasse.
    Interestingly, after the first few comments on the New Statesman
    blog a lot of the bickering was about the views of the indvidual bloggers towards the manifesto, rather than the manifesto itself!
    Nuff said!

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