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Web 2.0 for eParticipation: transformational tweeting or devaluation of democracy?

Tait, Elizabeth

Authors

Elizabeth Tait



Contributors

Kathryn Kloby
Editor

Maria J. D'Agostino
Editor

Abstract

Recent developments in social media allow people to communicate and share information instantly and have led to speculation about the potential for increased citizen participation in decision making. However, as with other developments in ICT, social media is not used by everyone, and there is a danger of certain groups being excluded. Further, if social media tools are to be used by government institutions, there needs to be new internal processes put in place to ensure that the participation is meaningful. This chapter will critically evaluate and analyse the role of Web 2.0 tools (such as social networking services) for facilitating democratic participation, investigate and evaluate the development of Web 2.0 tools for eParticipation, and determine how they can be used to facilitate meaningful political participation.

Publication Date Mar 31, 2012
Publisher IGI Global
Pages 224-243
Book Title Citizen 2.0: public and governmental interaction through web 2.0 technolgies
Chapter Number Chapter 12
ISBN 9781466603189
Institution Citation TAIT, E. 2012. Web 2.0 for eParticipation: transformational tweeting or devaluation of democracy? In Kloby, K. and D'Agostino, M.J. (eds.) Citizen 2.0: public and governmental interaction through web 2.0 technolgies. Hershey, PA: IGI Global [online], chapter 12, pages 224-243. Available from: https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-0318-9.ch012
DOI https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-0318-9.ch012
Keywords Social media; Decision making; Democratic participation; Political participation

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