Casting votes over the internet : Switzerland and the future of elections
Title: Casting votes over the internet : Switzerland and the future of elections
Citation: Harvard international review, 2013, Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 53-57
External link: http://hir.harvard.edu/archives/3111
The Internet has had a profound impact on the way contemporary democracies work. Neither processes, such as electoral campaigns, nor actors, such as candidates, political parties or movements, are immune to the myriad challenges and opportunities offered by new media. The same goes for various fundamental institutions of democracy, such as parliaments and governments, which have adopted Internet-based strategies for both internal and external information and communication needs. Since vertical and horizontal forms of interaction among the elected and electors are increasingly impacted by the Internet, it is hardly surprising that one of the most fundamental acts of democratic life–voting–has been technologically upgraded in numerous countries.
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