When considering contributions of information and communication technologies to democratization process, two concepts have been emerging which are technological development of a country and usage of technology. That post aims to share the analyze of internet usage and level of democratization correlation.
There are two opposing arguments on this issue one of which indicates that the internet carries a democratic potential and the other one sees the internet as stimulating potential threats against democracy.
The aim of below research and white paper is to examine the effects of information and communication technology, specifically the affects of internet on democracy.
In other words, the arguments about democratic functions of information-communication technology, especially the internet are included.
For this aim, firstly, electronic democracy within the context of information and communication technology will be stated and then the potential opportunities and threats of the democratic functions of the internet will be discussed.
Lastly, the ratios about internet usage level of 30 country-members of OECD and the democratic indicators of these countries will be compared and some crude facts will be stated.
In its general and simple meaning democracy means the rule of public. In democracy, the legitimate source of the power must be public will and political decisions must be in line with the expectations of the public.
E-democracy is a part of citizens contribution in democratic process. The concept of e-democracy covers mostly the activities related to the functioning of democratic political process. In other words, e-democracy means the use of information and information-communication technologies by the agents contributing to the political process.
With the development of technology and internet some new concepts with the prefixes such as; e-, cyber, virtual-, tele-, net-, numerical-, internet-, web-, etc.. had been used extensively.
E-democracy, e-politics, e-governance, e-election, e-chairman, e-poll, e-census are some examples for such new concepts.
In this context, in recent years one of the most used concepts is electronic democracy, in other words, e-democracy.
E-democracy is defined as the use of informations and information-communication technologies in democratic political and governmental process.
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