Doing Politics Online: eDemocracy and young people

From: The Hansard Society
Published: Fri Mar 04 2005

The Hansard Society and VoxPolitics are holding an innovative public meeting bringing together young people, parliamentarians and experts in eDemocracy and Citizenship to examine young people’s use of the internet to engage in politics and political debate.

Monday March 7, 2005
6pm – 7.30pm
Grand Committee Room, off Westminster Hall

Speakers are: Hilton Dawson MP (Joint Chair, All-Party Children Group), Shirin Ali (Youth Parliament), Neil Almond (Kikass), Ross Ferguson (Hansard Society). The meeting will be chaired by Dan Jellinek (VoxPolitics).

The meeting will cover:
· Young people’s experiences of political institutions and politicians online
· Parliamentarians’ experience of using eDemocracy to consult with young people
· Identifying examples of good practice in engaging young people via eDemocracy
· Aspirations for using eDemocracy to encourage participation of young people during the next Parliament
· Can UK politics learn from the example of the corporate sector in engaging with young people?

Media welcome – to book your place contact Virginia Gibbons at or phone 020 7395 4010 or 07812 765 552

Editors’ Notes

· The Hansard Society's eDemocracy programme seeks to develop innovative ways of using new interactive technologies to reconnect Parliament with citizens and encourage participation in the democratic process. For more information go to

· VoxPolitics is a campaign to explain how new technology changes politics. VoxPolitics believes the themes of the modern information-driven global economy are also applicable to politics and political action. For more information go to

Company: The Hansard Society
Contact Name: Virginia Gibbons
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Contact Phone: 020 7395 4010

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