SPCM4900 Notes 13 - 4/5/11 Digital D ivide Access usage...

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4/5/11 Digital Divide Access usage engagement Outcome - Unequal access to the internet - Divided by education, income, ethnicity, geography, etc. 4/14/11 E-Democracy - Cyberdemocracy / digital democracy - Use of electronic communications technologies (e.g., the Internet) in enhancing democratic processes within a democratic republic or representative democracy - Subject of much debate - Includes electronic voting Benefits off E-democracy - Citizen participation in public policy decision-making more expansive and direct o Enable broader influence in policy outcomes bc more individuals involved - Increasing transparency and accountability - Keeping government close r to the consent of the governed o Increase its political legitimacy Public Sphere - Precondition for a strong liberal democracy - Debate centers on Jurgen Habermas’ work The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere - Part of social life where citizens can exchange views on matters of importance to the common good (e.g., political issues), so that public opinion can be
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SPCM4900 Notes 13 - 4/5/11 Digital D ivide Access usage...

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