Today is Democracy Online Day

Steven Clift suggested this:

Starting in 2006, every October 17th is to be known as “Democracy Online Day.” In 539 BC, King Cyrus The Great of Persia is thought to have issued the first written list of human rights on this day.

This also happens to be during Local Democracy Week in the UK and a few weeks before U.S. mid-term elections.

By having a simple day where all providers of online democratic/governance and political content alike can celebrate their efforts, more people will be made aware of the positive uses of the Internet for citizen participation.

I was hoping to be able to release today some of the findings my summer research on online deliberation and citizen participation has yielded, but I’m about a couple of weeks behind.

I will, however, point to the following two events coming up November 11/12:

Since there seems to be a lot of overlap, I have suggested that the two merge. We’ll see if that happens.

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