On 23 February we launched our new report Digital Democracy: The tools transforming political engagement and hosted a discussion among representatives from UK political parties to reflect on the findings from our research.
Democracy faces new and global challenges: new notions of expertise, a less deferential society, information available on-demand, social media and new technologies for communicating and organising. In this context, traditional models of representative politics feel increasingly out of touch with the demands and desires of digitally enabled electorates.
Nesta is working on a programme of research exploring how online tools are being used by political parties, local government and parliaments to bolster political engagement and improve the quality and legitimacy of governance. Our report on this topic builds on Nesta’s D-CENT project, and aims to bring together best practice and lessons learned from global innovators in this space.
Our event on 23 February gave audience members the chance to put some of their questions to a group of influencers in the field.
Registration and breakfast began at 8:30am with the event starting at 9am until 10am followed by networking until 10:30am.
Theo Bass, Research Assistant in Government Innovation, presents the report
Images: Beth Crockatt