I have to say 10 years ago I wouldn’t bat an eyelid at anything related to politics. I loathed it and wouldn’t give it the time of day. But I was naive then and believe it wasn’t because I didn’t care but mostly because I didn’t understand it. Its clear now that since then, my views have changed and my interest in politics now stems from my research into local government engagement online for my PhD degree.
Politics affects us all – Vote! Don’t let your opportunities slip through your fingers…
My research was motivated by the desire and enthusiasm to help communities connect with their government in a way that will enrich and make their everyday lives easier and better. We are in an age where information is not only power but is the key to survival. For us who are media literate, this might seem an easy task but for the lesser informed portion of our societies, life is not only hard, but opportunities are lost.
The beginning of the end? Or will it change the name of the game?
This blog post marks the day Britons go out and vote and make their choice. Some may have already decided and posted in their votes or gone to the polling booths. Eventhough I’m not a British citizen myself, I am just as anxious to find out the what the future of Britain will be. Will it be the beginning of the end? Will this election ‘change the name of the game’? Or will we see citizens playing a bigger role in governance as we know it?
Who should win?
What’s clear is, there doesn’t seem to be a clear winner in this election. But maybe the question we should ask in this election is not who is going to win but how can citizens win in this election….?
- How will the single mother struggling to cope without a partner win?
- How will pensioners who have worked hard their whole lives be able to live comfortably in old age?
- How will jobless graduates be able to pay back their student loans without a job?
- How do we ensure every child is protected and gets the education that they need?
- How will we all get equal access to the internet?
How will citizens win this election?
The only way for citizens to win this election is to vote. But not only that, they need to vote for the policies that matter to them and to the people they care for. Citizens now have all the tools at their disposal to help them make the best decision. If you still haven’t decided who you are going to vote, here are a few pointers to help you… I’ve grabbed these links from here but selected a few of my favourites to feature on here.
Up My Street
Local information site Up My Street focuses on your local candidates, alongside its usual features such as information on house buying and local listings.
Voter Power Index
My Vote Advisor
Vote for Policies
Democracy UK on Facebook
Liz Azyan is interested in the ways new kinds of social data and technology introduce challenges and opportunities to society. Get involved with Liz’s latest project here.