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You can’t say politics on the internet?

  I have been interested in how governments use the internet to engage with citizens for a few years now. Of course, I’m very late to this party – e-democracy was ‘invented’ over 20 years ago. I didn’t start from there – I stumbled into researching how poorly Scotland’s most local democracies (Community Councils) use the internet[1] during a career-changing MSc. More research[2] just confirmed this gloomy picture. I currently aim to contribute practically (I’m webmaster and minutes secretary for three Edinburgh Community Councils) and to academic research around (hyper)local democracy. A recent successful workshop about digital engagement for Community Councils has led to commissions for more – these will contribute to both practical action and academic research.

Paper was a contribution to "A Manifesto for Digital Messiness. Working papers of the Communities & Culture Network+6, (2015) ISSN 2052-7268 (http://eprints.whiteros...r-Digital-Messiness.pdf )

  • Type:

    Website Content

  • Date:

    16 June 2015

  • Publication Status:


  • Library of Congress:

    JF Political institutions (General)

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    350 Public administration & military science

  • Funders:

    Communities and Culture Network + (Hosted by University of Leeds)


Ryan, B. (2015). You can’t say politics on the internet?



Digital democracy, e-democracy, Community Councils, internet, local democracy,

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