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Government sets out e-democracy statement

publication date: 22 April 2003

The government has launched a public consultation paper on e-democracy. It focuses on two main areas; electronic voting and e-participation. The latter looks at ways to enhance citizens' involvement in decision-making using existing online channels.

The strategy has already received a cautious welcome from think-tank the Work Foundation. Spokesman James Crabtree said the paper is an important step forward, but called on Government to be even bolder in its thinking. He said: "eDemocracy needs to be more than an elastoplast for sticky politics. If people aren't interested in participating, the fact they could do it online will make no difference at all." He hopes the consultation will stimulate "a more radical re-imagining of how technology could make democracy work better".

The paper was unveiled by Leader of the House of Commons Robin Cook. A full transcript - and an opportunity to contribute to the debate - is available at www.edemocracy.gov.uk.

The period of public consultation ends on October 31.

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