Realising Democracy Online: A civic Commons in cyberspace

Published Wed 3 Jan 2001
A proposal to create an enduring structure which could fulfil the democratic potential of the new interactive media. This book is available free as a pdf download or in print for £10 from our distributors.

This is the second in a series of ippr/Citizens Online papers exploring the social and democratic role of new media.

Realising Democracy Online: A Civic Commons in Cyberspace is a proposal to create an enduring structure which could fulfil the democratic potential of the new interactive media.

In an age when every conceivable activity is prefixed with an E or suffixed Online, what is the role for the new technologies in promoting democracy?

This report examines the potential of the Internet to encourage and foster new forms of public involvement in civic and political affairs.

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