Web 2.0 for eParticipation: transformational tweeting or devaluation of democracy?
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TAIT, E. 2012. Web 2.0 for eParticipation: transformational tweeting or devaluation of democracy? In Kloby, K and D'Agostino, M.J. Citizen 2.0: public and governmental interaction through web 2.0 technolgies. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference [online], pages 224-243. Available from: https://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-0318-9.ch012
Recent developments in social media allow people to communicate and share information instantly and have led to speculation about the potential for increased citizen participation in decision making. However, as with other developments in ICT, social media is not used by everyone, and there is a danger of certain groups being excluded. Further, if social media tools are to be used by government institutions, there needs to be new internal processes put in place to ensure that the participation is meaningful. This chapter will critically evaluate and analyse the role of Web 2.0 tools (such as social networking services) for facilitating democratic participation, investigate and evaluate the development of Web 2.0 tools for eParticipation, and determine how they can be used to facilitate meaningful political participation.