November 2008


At the beginning of the class, I wasn’t completely sure what Digital Democracy entails.  8 weeks in, I have a better understanding, although I see there are a large group of boundaries that stand in the way of our population as whole from enjoying the all of the benefits of the “digital” aspect of democracy.  I guess it was something I always took for granted as a media designer, thinking that “oh I can put anything online and everyone all over the world can enjoiy it”.  While trying to reach people across oceans, there were people in my own back yard that couldn’t even access my work.  The Digital Divide is a huge hurdle in my eyes, and from my research into online voting that I have done in this class, it is apparent that this hurdle needs to be breached for us to fully utilize the “digital” side of democracy.

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The First Online Voting

  • The March 2000 Arizona Democratic Party’s presidential preference primary.
  • Happened March 7-11 2000.
  • First legally binding election to occur in the world, to determine the Democratic Party presidential preference primary.
  • First time ever people were allowed to cast their vote from the location of their choice.
  • Traditional polling was still available.
  • The goal was to increase turnout, as well as the dependability of the related security, privacy, and equality of access.

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