Can allowing policy suggestions online change the way we think about democracy?

In the battle for votes, cyberspace is now almost as important as the doorstep as the place where elections are won. And that’s why it’s become a hunting ground for the trolls and election-winning cyber-specialists like Cambridge Analytica. 

So it’s time for the digital democrats to get their act together and step up the work harnessing the online world to open up democracy. To help, I’m launching the People’s Plan for Digital. It’s a simple innovation, a new platform to harness some of the techniques pioneered by Geoff Mulgan at Nesta, new parties and city governments around the world, to help Parliament get digital policy right. 

Read more from Liam Byrne for the New Statesman here: https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2017/12/can-allowing-policy-suggestions-online-change-way-we-think-about-democracy