Can we expect the internet to take a more prominent role in poltics and propoganda?
It is true that polticians must inevitably change with the times but are they doing?
That asked - is there a place for the internet in poltics?
The internet is essentially a relatively new baby to the world, when compared with radio and television, but when will politicians begin to need the internet in order to:
The internet was more important at this year's general election but did not make any great breakthrough, says a report from a democracy group.
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- Win elections?
- Win wars?
- Win disputes?
- Win public and foreign confidence?
Is a shift of technology destined to be layed upon those with the power and, will they embrace and encourage this technology?
only 15% of the population went online to get information about the election, how far ahead or behind are the US when dealing with the internet in politics?
Steve Ward, from the Oxford Internet Institute, says people should not expect the US experience to be repeated in the UK.
- Out of all internet users, about 13% sent or received emails about the election in 2005, compared to 5% in 2001
- 17% used the internet for election information on at least a few occasions, up from 7%
- 22% visited a media website, compared to 11% four years ago
- Figures for online activities such as discussion, opinion polls, volunteering and donations are still small but are more than double 2001 levels
- 18% of those questioned this year said the internet had helped them make a better informed choice and 19% said that it helped them make up their mind - compared to 6% in 2001.
I personally think it will take some time, but soon the internet will be used by politicians, for politicians and against politicians. It's only a matter of time.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. - Confucius