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Steven Clift on Wed, 16 Jan 2002 09:57:19 +0100 (CET)

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Cross-posted extensively, yet appropriately. I hope.

So much of the early hype about the Internet and its democratic 
potential has been not been met.  Or has it?

I say, set low expectations and declare victory.  In my Future of 
E-Democracy speech I share a number of real life examples of places 
where the Internet is changing democracy (not always for the better). 
Check it out from: http://www.publicus.net/articles/future.html


Steven Clift

P.S. If you have examples to add, e-mail me: clift {AT} publicus.net

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Future of E-Democracy - Speech by Steven Clift, January 2002

An extended version of my "Future of E-Democracy - The 50 Year Plan"
speech is now available online at:


This article shares a pragmatic, yet futuristic vision of governance
when e-democracy exists as an integrated part of "real" everyday
representative democracy. It includes dozens of examples and web
links to leading government e-democracy applications and important
primary source material.  I try to answer two big questions - Which
e-democracy applications will become universal in the coming decade?
What long-term trends will influence efforts to improve our
democracies through the use of information and communication

This my most important article since the release of my E-Democracy
E-Book <http://www.publicus.net/ebook> in June 2000.

Here is the outline of the speech:

Defining E-democracy
E-Governance - Exceptional Practice Makes Perfect
-- E-mail Notice
-- In-person Public Hearing Recordings and Materials
-- Online Public Hearings and Consultations
-- Wired Politicians Reach Out and Serve, or Perish
-- Local Civic Deliberations and Global Networking
Trending Toward the Future - Why not look through 2040?
-- Family and Social Networking
-- E-Government - The E-Business Model that Works?
-- New Breed of Politician After 2015
-- E-Citizens, the Ultimate Challenge

Read it online from <http://www.publicus.net/articles/future.html>.
Please send in your comments or share your thoughts publicly on the
web forum linked from the speech.

I also want to note that additional short articles, including "An
Internet of Democracy," the "Top Ten E-Democracy 'To Do List' for
Governments Around the World," and the "Top Ten Tips for "Weos" -
Wired Elected Officials" are available from <http://publicus.net>.
My next short article will share the top ten tips on government and
civic online consultations.  Join my Democracies Online Newswire
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and the Internet.


Steven Clift
Democracies Online

P.S. Here is my mini-bio and an invitation to join my Democracies
Online Newswire.

About the Author

Steven Clift is an online strategist and public speaker focused on
the use of the Internet in democracy, governance, and community. For
a decade he has worked to fundamentally improve democracy and
citizen participation through the use of the Internet.  Introduced
around the world as one of the leading experts on e-democracy, he
actively networks people around the world and shares information and
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full biography, visit <http://www.publicus.net/index.html#bio>.

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