Digital Democracy

Digital Democracy Commission releases ‘Open Up!’ Report

By January 30, 2015 No Comments

dcclogo The UK Digital Democracy Commission has just released their report into digital democracy.  The result of the report is the commission has outlined 5 key targets. These are:

  1. By 2020, the House of Commons should ensure that everyone can
    understand what it does.
  2. By 2020, Parliament should be fully interactive and digital.
  3. The 2015 newly elected House of Commons should create immediately a
    new forum for public participation in the debating function of the House
    of Commons.
  4. By 2020, secure online voting should be an option for all voters.
  5. By 2016, all published information and broadcast footage produced by
    Parliament should be freely available online in formats suitable for reuse.
    Hansard should be available as open data by the end of 2015.

In producing the report the commission sought feedback from the general public. The key points people made were:

  1. We care about issues not politics
  2. Speak in plain English
  3. Stop broadcasting at us
  4. To take part in Parliament you need to understand it
  5. We don’t have time to read everything
  6. Go to where people are
  7. We want genuine dialogue
  8. Tell us what’s going on

A full copy of the report is available below.