How do we achieve Digital Democracy? Smart Mobility with creative ideas


Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 by Mike Smith

The engagement of Governments with citizens during the 20th century was performed most effectively through broadcast media; newspapers, radio and ultimately television. I say engagement, but how much engagement does one-way communication foster? Now, well into the 21st century, we have supplemented broadcast mechanisms with two-way interaction using technology; most interestingly through the medium of the Internet.

How do we achieve Digital Democracy? Smart mobility with creative ideas

But we still have a long way to go – much of the population is still disconnected from political debate. It is a challenge that many countries (and Governments) are still trying to address, and an IT challenge that Atos and the National Assembly for Wales are also taking up with 10 universities across Wales.

Atos - Digital DemocracyWhat will be the next step? Surely social networking, smart mobility and the ubiquity of technology will all play a part.

The competition invites students from across Wales to develop digital solutions that will:

• Increase people’s understanding of the work of the National Assembly for Wales;

• Encourage people to take part in the Assembly’s work of making laws for Wales, holding the Welsh Government to account and representing the interests of the people of Wales;

• Provide an easy and effective way for the people of Wales to have a meaningful interaction with the National Assembly.

If you’re interested in the topic Digital Democracy you can find out more information and track the submitted ideas here: http://www.digitaldemocracychallenge.co.uk/ … and if you’d like to do the same in the Welsh language, here: http://www.herdemocratiaethddigidol.co.uk/

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About Mike Smith

Chief Technology Officer, Atos Distinguished Expert and member of the Scientific Community
Mike has been in the IT industry for over 20 years, designing and implementing complex infrastructures that underpin key Government and private sector solutions. Setting Atos technical strategy, researching new technologies and supporting the consulting and architect communities. Previously Mike has held technical and management positions in British Rail, Sema Group and Schlumberger. He has a daughter and a son, both keen on anything but technology. Mike's sporting passion rests with Test Match Special, and is jealous/proud of his son's Ice Hockey skills.

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