Friday, July 30, 2010

Law and eDemocracy : watch that space...

The bad old days when simply publishing PDF copies of the fundamental texts that underly democracy and calling it "eDemocracy" or "eLegislation" or "transparency" or "participation" are thankfully numbered.

For a great pointer in the direction of what the future can hold when a democracy steps boldly into the electronic world, see http://www.legislation.gov.uk/.

To paraphrase Churchill, we are not at the end of the bad old days. Not even the beginning of the end. But we have definitely seen the end of the beginning :-)

This is going to be a fascinating few era for anyone who lives in a democracy - not just those involved in IT. Churchill also said that Democracy was the worst form of Government ever invented - apart from all the others.

I would love to be able to invite him to come back to Earth in a few years time and give us his opinion because I believe its about to get better again.

In my opinion, the Internet is about to have a more profound impact on the practice of democracy than television, the telephone and the printing press combined.