Peter M. Shane on Online Consultation and Democratic Information Flow [AUDIO]

February 28th, 2012

The use of new media by governments around the world to engage the general public more directly in actual policy making raises significant questions of democratic theory and practice.

Peter M. Shane — Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law at the Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law — discusses his ongoing research on two of these questions: Under what circumstances might online consultation actually make democratic participation more meaningful? What role could the regular availability of online consultation play in engineering an information and communication ecology more genuinely supportive of democratic information flow?

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