the California Voter Foundation is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to appplying new technologies to provide the public with access to the information needed to participate in public life in a meaningful way.
Article published in ACM Crossroads Student Magazine by a graduate student on the purpose to answer to this question: will it be possible to harness the potential of cyberspace to fuse the country together into a directly democratic nation?
This center is one of the first interdisciplinary research centres dedicated to the study of e-democracy. Their main goal is to improve the understanding of how new information and communication technologies are interacting with the democratic institutions of governance and the outcomes.
To a large extent e-democracy is simply envisioned as articulating the political and democratic procedures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through the mechanisms of modern information and communications technology. Yet there are mechanisms that enable a much more substantive implementation of democratic ideals. It is now possible for the public to be involved in societal decision making in many more ways. It is this broader vision that the TED programme will explore.
Hosted by the Department of Political Science Auburn University, Alabama ; the Teledemocracy Action News + Network --- TAN+N the website of the Global Democracy Movement are primarily dedicated to the creative use of modern technologies (ICT) and face-to-face deliberative techniques in all forms that directly empower citizens to have authentic input into political systems at all levels of governance around the world. TAN+N also covers other genuine pro-democratic movements including those which promote direct democracy and those which struggle to gain, retain or transform representative democracy in the face of authoritarian or elitist power or from corrupting financial influences.