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A citizen-driven, wiki-style collaboration exercise underpinned a major rewrite of Alberta’s social policy and programs which was then funded to the tune of $1 billion by the Canadian province’s government.
Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, founder of democracy think-tank newDemocracy, writes in The Sydney Morning Herald that democracy needs to revamp itself by rediscovering the collaborative 'power of the people'.
Democracy think-tank newDemocracy highlights a range of potential options for new fora that renew and enhance citizen engagement.
In a 2013 report, the UK House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee recommends greater public engagement with policy-making.
Harvard University’s Berkman Centre for Internet and Society reviews the potential of three types of e-democracy, including electronic voting and candidate-voter matching.
The UK Parliament needs to harness digital media to be a trusted source of political and policy information, according to a report by the Hansard Society.
Paul Foley from De Montford University and Steve Martin from the University of Cardiff discuss the potential drawbacks in efforts to involve citizens more in local policymaking and service delivery.
Bruce Williams from the University of Virginia examines whether the internet is a major threat to, or a potential saviour of, democracy.
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