Technologies for Democracy

Democracy Online: The Prospects for Political Renewal Through the Internet (Peter Shane, ed. 2004)

18 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2016

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

This book chapter provides a brief overview of the most influential vision of democratic discourse among current electronic democracy theorists, namely, the work of Jurgen Habermas. After reviewing the requirements of Habermas's "practical discourse", Froomkin shows the plausibility of deploying existing technologies to improve democratic conversation along the lines Habermas would recommend. Froomkin's survey discusses new forms of software and practice, as well as the hardware needed to support them. His review encompasses weblogging or "blogging", collaborative document creation, community-based (and community-creating) discussion forums with collaborative filtering, and open government and community filtering initiatives.

Keywords: democracy online, Internet law, cyberlaw, blog, blogging, community filtering, Habermas, Froomkin

Suggested Citation

Froomkin, A. Michael, Technologies for Democracy (2004). Democracy Online: The Prospects for Political Renewal Through the Internet (Peter Shane, ed. 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2731312

A. Michael Froomkin (Contact Author)

University of Miami - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 248087
Coral Gables, FL 33146
United States
305-284-4285 (Phone)
305-284-6506 (Fax)

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