RC10 Electronic Democracy

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Dr. Domagoj Bebić
Dr. Deodatus Patrick Shayo

Electronic democracy, popularly called E-democracy, represents the use of information and communication technology tools with the aim of developing and improving all democratic processes. This is an additional factor that affects the spread of democratic values. Thanks to digitalization, citizens can participate in electronic voting, online communication with government representatives, initiation of initiatives, consultations and formation of policies, regulations, laws and ordinances. Also, E-democracy enables citizens to have better and faster access to information. In fact, E-democracy is an additional tool that complements traditional democratic processes.

The goal of electronic democracy is to demonstrate transparency, accountability, understanding and accessibility. The key is to emphasize trust in democracy, its processes, and institutions. Furthermore, the goal of E-democracy is to establish communication with citizens and authorities in real time. E-democracy is important to study and research to detect patterns crucial for the further development of democracy and political participation. Digitalization has accelerated all areas of society; therefore it is important to analyze further possibilities that, through the development of technology, can affect democracy in general and the political participation of citizens.