Sunday, September 12, 2004

Internet and Democracy

Roger Clarke opened a lecture in HKU today. The topic is "The Internet and Democracy- Has Hong Kong left it too late?" Seems interesting topic, isn't it? After some background invesigation, I prepared several questions such like Taiwaness election this year. Then I found that it was really far from what I used to think. He raised some new words like evoting, epolitics and egovernment. There are two kinds of voting: Technology-Enhanced Booth Voting and Internet Voting. There are three kinds of democracy called Participative Democracy, Representative Democracy abd Citizen-driven Representative Democracy. Most interested is the epolitics he mentioned. I totally agreed that it was a conflict zone, between old-style politicians and new cyber-citizens. Especially currently, new-born cyber-citizens are not that strong enough.
Internet has developed with the great spirit of freedom, but now is on the way to be a social tool, politic tool. Right way, or not?

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