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posted by Rebecca Rumbul, Jul 08, 2015
Having access to information in principle is not the same as equality of access in practice. Dr Rebecca Rumbul, Head of Research at mySociety, wants to hear your ideas on how to engage a more diverse community in using online tools to exercise an enhanced democracy.
Those of us lucky enough to live in developed ‘westernised’ countries tend to be quite pleased with the quality of our democracy, especially in comparison to developing nations. However, readers of this and many other blogs know that the democratic mechanisms that govern us are very far from perfect and require constant scrutiny, challenge and change.
One of the key ways in which the quality of democracy is enhanced is in the accountability and transparency of government. How can citizens trust government if they are unable to access the decision-making process or to review how the government chooses to spend taxpayers’ money? How can government be accountable if you cannot access the right channels to address issues that the government exists to resolve?
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