This election technology section highlights the future of elections. Also see our section on American Democracy!
Changes in Election Technology Define Democracy
The focus of this Election Technology section is to encourage discussion of all manner of technologies involved in the voting process from voting machines to voter registration mobile apps. What are the benefits to these technologies? What are the drawbacks? Will the internet ever be secure enough to enable direct democracy? From the small questions to the big, from electronic media to digital lawn signs, everything about voting technology can be found here.
This new era of election technology is an area of heavy debate in political circles. Countries like Estonia are leading the way to digitizing all government services as part of a global trend called eGovernment or eDemocracy. At the same time, the modern technology we rely on has complicated the struggle to protect citizens from government overreach, especially following increased concerns of surveillance of domestic communications.
Also, as covered on Democracy Chronicles, the latest research suggests elections are affected by many outside forces you may not expect. Factors that play into voter turnout now have been found to include boredom, delayed onset adulthood, cigarette smoking, wind speed, rain and bad weather forecasts. This type of research on voting as well as other important research in political science as it relates to democracy, the ultimate invention in political science, is highlighted in our Election Science archives.
Whistleblowers like American Eric Snowden and Australian Julian Assange who have leaked classified information to the public, broke the law but also opened our eyes to the increasing ability of technology to play a sinister role.
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