I don't know if it's just over-eager journalism or really what the folks at
europecounts.org.uk think, but their site is as a long way from e-democracy in action. In my
view e-democracy is not just about putting information online, there's got to be interaction
and accountability. While it's admirable that the site's backers want to make information about
the European Parliament more digestible, I'm not sure they succeed.
What with Taiwan's close election result after an attempted assassination on the President
being disputed and much being made of the Socialist's surprise win in ]Spain's general
election] just after the bombing in Madrid, are we seeing a terrible new method of electoral
manipulation? Possibly, but it's a high risk strategy, nobody can ever be sure how an electorate
will respond to such extreme actions. In the end resorting to violence undermines whatever
political arguments the terrorists might want to make.
The UK Government have been all over the place with their proposed Entitlement/ID card plans.
Even more worryingly they've been fudging consultation responses like there's no tomorrow…
See Stand.org.uk for much more.
Here's a great little cartoon for the halloween season…This
A resolution calling for voter verifiable e-voting has gone online. It's supported by the free e-
democracy project and the Foundation for Information Policy Research, please support it
Thanks to a feature in the Guardian Book Review I've just discovered the wonderful
Seattle cartoonist, Horsey. Two fantastic current examples of his work which I can't stop
chortling over… The War Machine and Patriot Love. A few more favourites Clean
Power, Osama at Prayer… enjoy.