"Digital Democracy" sounds like a fancy concept, but it isn't. All it means is the idea of engaging with our democratic institutions and holding our government to account through the power of the internet.
Written like that, it might not sound revolutionary and nor should we necessarily want it to be so. Speak to historians and political scientists and they will often tell you that over the centuries, the British parliament has been extremely good at evolving gradually to meet the challenges of the times. That's what it needs to do now, with a little bit of help from us.
In one way or another, the web will play a greater role in the 2015 election than ever it has before, simply because it is even more ingrained in our daily lives than it was in 2010. There will be sites that compare your views with those expressed in the party manifestos, that tell you about the candidates who are standing and other all other manner of things. MPs will either launch or ramp up their social media campaigning presence and parties will fire out as many emails as their servers can handle.
Many of these things are interesting and useful to citizens, but they are not transformative. They don't change the fundamental mechanisms of how our democracy works, they simply alter the current way that things are done. That's where Your Democracy comes in.
Our first step is to establish an active community of public and MPs in the run up to the general election. Our comparison system will help people understand how well their MP has represented them and their fellow constituents during the past five years and provide a clear and simple way of communicating with their MP.
If we're able to do that, then after the election we will move to a forward-looking model that will act as a local and national forum for the pressing issues of the day. It will make our democracy stronger, healthier and more responsive.
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