How well has digital democracy worked in other countries?

How well has digital democracy worked in other countries?

Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. In this lesson, we will consider how different digital technologies can be used to develop digital democracy in the UK. Two case studies are considered as part of this; virtual Taiwan and electronic Estonia. Advantages and disadvantages of methods used within these case studies are evaluated and their application in the UK considered in relation to different groups within society.


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5 Questions

Online petitions are...
Correct answer: A collection of signatures (names) supporting a cause
A newspaper article
A protest site
A criticism of online petitions is that they are an example of...
Correct answer: 'Clicktivism'
What does FOI stand for?
Free Information Act
Correct answer: Freedom of Information Act
Freedom of Intelligence Act
How many young people responded to a government consultation on replacing exams for Summer 2021?
Correct answer: 47,000
A weakness of digital engagement in democracy is that it can leave people feeling digitally excluded. Which group is most likely to face this issue as a problem?
Correct answer: Elderly people
Parents of school aged children
Young people

5 Questions

What is digital democracy?
Expressing your personal opinion on social media
Correct answer: The use of digital and online methods to support key functions of democracy
The use of maths within democracy
Voting at a polling station
Which campaign provided us with an example of successful direct digital democracy?
Digital Britain
Electronic Estonia
Correct answer: Virtual Taiwan
Which campaign provided us an example of successful electronic voting?
Digital Britain
Correct answer: Electronic Estonia
Virtual Taiwan
Why might voting online disadvantage some groups in society? Select TWO
It wouldn't! Voting online would be great for everyone
Correct answer: Some may not feel confident in using digital technologies
Correct answer: Some may not have access to digital technology
Which of the following are potential problems for digital democracy? Choose TWO
Increase participation, particularly within younger generations
Correct answer: Non-inclusive for all
Correct answer: Potential for fraud and/or hacking
Saves money

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UnitCitizenship / Can digital democracy increase political participation?