Internet voting: a conceptual challenge to democracy

Wolter Pieters

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we discuss the implications for social inclusion of the advent of Internet voting. Although the issue of social exclusion or social inclusion with regard to technological developments in the voting process is often approached as a matter of either security or turnout, we will take a broader view. Using the philosophical concept of technological mediation, as developed by Don Ihde and Peter-Paul Verbeek, we claim that Internet voting may change our experience of democracy, and transform the way we act as citizens in the democratic system. We argue that the mediating role of voting technology requires reconstruction of concepts used in discussing democracy. Our approach of reconstruction departs from the political philosophy of John Dewey. Based on his work, we can describe the political process in a democracy in terms of intellectual reconstruction and institutional recon-struction. Combining the concept of technological mediation and Dewey’s political philosophy, we use the mediating role of online voting technology as input to the intellectual reconstruction of the discussion on voting and democracy. Based on the developments in the Netherlands, we present some challenges that the mediating role of online voting technology offers to existing concepts in democracy, and evaluate the benefits for social inclusion of reconstructing these concepts with respect to the new possibilities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSocial Inclusion
    Subtitle of host publicationSocietal and Organizational Implications for Information Systems
    EditorsEileen Trauth, Debra Howcroft, Tom Butler, Brian Fitzgerald, Janice DeGross
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages89-103
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)978-0-387-34588-8
    ISBN (Print)978-0-387-34587-1, 978-1-4419-4181-7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventIFIP TC8 WG8.2 International Working Conference on Social Inclusion 2006: Societal and Organizational Implications for Information Systems - Limerick, Ireland
    Duration: 12 Jul 200615 Jul 2006

    Conference

    ConferenceIFIP TC8 WG8.2 International Working Conference on Social Inclusion 2006
    Country/TerritoryIreland
    CityLimerick
    Period12/07/0615/07/06

    Keywords

    • SCS-Cybersecurity
    • Political participation
    • Social inclusion
    • Electronic vote
    • Technological mediation
    • Secret ballot

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