Scottish Parliament debates their petitioning system

While I was away (on the 23rd), the debate on June’s report on the Scottish Parliament’s petitioning system took place:

In the debate, there is also some consideration of the possibility of Scottish local authorities having their own petitioning systems to addressing local issues (no mention of legal requirements as in England tho). Use of social networking technologies within a strategy, and crosslinking with YoungScot, youth parliament etc is also considered.

Good to see politicians taking a lead and being willing to try out new technologies – but is texting really a good approach to supporting informed engagement? Will it lead to inflated expectations and uninformed participants?

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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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