City unveils online tool to help fight decline in political participation

City unveils online tool to help fight decline in political participation.

 

From the Vancouver Sun today, quoting in part:

The City of Vancouver unveiled a new online public engagement tool Wednesday that it hopes will halt or at least slow the erosion of participation in civic affairs.

Concerned by persistent low voter turnout, lack of public interest in city council business, and the rise of smallbase lobbying interests that can sometimes skew public opinion, the city is turning to technology to reach out to more of its citizens.

In doing so, Vancouver is joining a growing number of municipalities that, if they are not entirely bypassing traditional means of communication, are relegating such low-return ideas as open houses and household mailers to the back burner.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/City+unveils+online+tool+help+fight+decline+political+participation/8902306/story.html#ixzz2ejrPjlzg

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