Update on the Welsh e-petitioning system

Last week I noted that the Welsh Assembly how has an e-petitioning system. Now there are some live petitions posted (see here), it’s been possible for me to see part of the system in action.

It does have one unique aspect (as far as I’m aware) – it’s designed to that it’s possible to sign multiple petitions at once by checking items from a list.

I guess this could increase the number of signatures received, but the downside it that it makes it possible to sign petitions without reading about the issues involved.

Even if you do chose to follow the links, there seems to be little background information provided two to three lines of text with no supporting documents or links to external website. How does this support an informed decision?

It’ll be interesting to review the system after a while to see how many people have signed multiple petitions, and to get information on referring website. And to sample some signators to see how (or if) they educated themselves about the issues.

Techie notes

I’ve not heard who developed the petitioning system, but according to Netcraft, the assembly’s site is running Windows Server 2003 with Microsoft-IIS/6.0. It is hosted by BT Global Services DCS Cardiff Bay Data Centre.

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About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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