Speaker visits Liverpool to discuss digital democracy

14 April 2014

The Speaker, John Bercow, visited Liverpool today to gather views for his Digital Democracy Commission.

The morning began at the studio where the Speaker had interesting discussions with children and young people, aged 10-16, who were interested in innovation and developing new technology. The visit then moved to Baltic Creative CIC where the Speaker chaired a round table discussion based on the Commission’s terms of reference. Finally, the Speaker finished with a panel-based discussion and question time with staff and volunteers from Everton in the Community, the charity of Everton FC.

Themes which were discussed included:

  • Electronic voting: the consensus was that the UK can’t carry on with the traditional form of voting and that dramatic change was needed;
  • Digital divide: discussions included lessons which could be learnt from retailers on how people were accessing data;
  • Local Authorities: discussions focused on how they were trying to engage using tablet friendly websites and tools;
  • Co-production: ideas for co-production and using people and partners to develop joint products and projects.

The visit was part of the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy. More round table events are expected to take place around the country throughout the year. The Commission welcomes submissions from everyone.

How to have your say:
Contributions by email from anyone and in any format are welcome: videos, blog posts as well as more formal notes.
Email to: digitaldemocracy@parliament.uk
Post comments: Commission on Digital Democracy web forum
Tweet: @digidemocracyuk

image: Pete Carr

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