Technological Changes

Technological Changes

Sometimes it seems easier to sing a duet with astronauts than to find out how your MP voted on a Bill. We're only just starting to understand the contribution that technology can make to our democracy. Here are ideas from leading thinkers who are using technology to create a more transparent, participatory politics.

Blog Posts on Technological Change

  • February 28, 2013

    Transparency in Government? There's an app for that.

    Tom Birch, a BC Conservative MLA candidate, introduces the app he's created that lets constituents check in on his monthly expenses, his voting record, and his party's platform.
  • February 27, 2013

    Open North Strong and Free

    Today we're talking to the founders of Open North, a new non-profit that is creating revolutionary online tools to help Canadians understand and interact with our governments.
  • February 26, 2013

    Want to Redesign Parliament? Don’t forget about the website, please.

    "In today’s digital age, the dividing line between an offline institution and its online presence is ever narrowing. Institutions are becoming their websites as the bulk of the interactions they share with their audience moves online." Online communications expert, Amanda Clarke, discusses the importance of Parliament's website, and the need to make it more user-friendly.
  • February 25, 2013

    The future (should be) now. Redesigning Parliament theme post: Technology

    In the final week of our Redesigning Parliament idea-a-day series we explore the theme of Technology. How can new technologies improve our democracy? How are they already improving our democracy? Samara's Jennifer Phillips gives us a sneak peak into the ideas we'll hear this week.

Responses from Samarans

Thoughts on Redesigning Parliament. By Karen Moores, Samara volunteer

"Allow e-petitions and promise substantive debate on those e-petitions that reach a certain threshold (the UK has a 50,000 signature threshold that gives a petition 1 hour of debate)." - Ian Froude

 "I want to see technology as the way out of this mess. I want to see the internet giving unprecedented access to our representatives and vice versa. I want to see an app that shows where the politician stands, how they vote, what they've introduced and work on, where their interests lie, and maybe
most of all, the ability for people to better interact with their system." - Mark McInnes