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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIT Policy and Ethics
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
EditorsJoel Gamon
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781466629202
ISBN (Print)1466629193, 9781466629196
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2013


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