There are no public forums or meeting places in the heart of representative democracy online. Why have we decided to delete democracy from the most visited interface citizens have with “their” government?
Directory of participation projects around Europe, crucially distinguishing active and dead sites, and with useful search functionality. I’ve mentioned it a while ago – and in my initial comments on Pep-Net (on which more soon!), and I am glad to see that Pep-net is encouraging more entries.
Even though it currently it still seems restricted to Germany, Austria and the UK there are in fact projects from Spain and Switzerland (at least) there are plans afoot to extend the system to cope with the new diversity.
I found Councillor.info via this story on Slugger O’Toole, which seems to be strongly promoting the tool in Northern Irelend
“Slugger O’Toole is supporting the Northern Ireland Councillor Website project, and is encouraging local councillors to become more active users of the Internet to communicate the values of good local governance.”
Ah, the diversity of online democracy in the UK!
Finally and slightly off topic, I’ll mention Total Politics – not that there’s much of an e-participation angle, but it’s not often that polical magazines start up in the UK… let’s see how it goes. Enough reviews elsewhere.