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The Internet And Democracy Essay

970 words - 4 pages

The topic of Internet voting is a controversial one, but as our society continues to advance I do not see why we should shy away from it. Internet voting will substantially increase voter participation, and ultimately reflect societies values more accurately with each election.
We are at the height of the digital age, a closely integrated society where information is being commodified, and sold. This is referred to as an information economy, and it is a global epidemic that is only being made possible by our growing dependency on the Internet. The Internet has successfully woven itself into the very fabric of our society, and the implications of this integration can be taken very ...view middle of the document...

This view of the democratic process is a poor excuse to warrant an obdurate traditional point of view.
In response to this article I would firstly I would like to address the argument regarding the discriminatory nature of Internet voting. With the way society is structured, it is inherent that certain inequalities will exist, and whether or not someone has Internet access in their home is too weak of an argument to even use. Especially considering the other inequalities in the current system that are far greater. For example in contemporary society homeless persons cannot vote if they cannot obtain residence in a shelter, and even then they need to apply for a special ballot that the government makes them jump through hoops to get. Now in regards to the older generation and their technological shortcomings, alternatives to voting from home can be set up. For example polling stations can use a sign-in process, and booths can use the Internet to cast the ballot in an interactive way (touch screen, voiceovers, etc.). In a world where the Internet is available practically everywhere we go (internet cafes, public libraries, open networks etc.) the argument of inequality seems to be unsustainable, especially if we were to apply it to a first world society like Canada.
In regards to security, the argument being made seems to be a straw man fallacy. Wherein, the evidence was purposefully misrepresented in order for it to be defeated. The fact of the matter is that the countries/ and or states that have experimented with online voting have never reported any fraud. Even so, the safeguards put in place to protect ballots around the time of an election would be much more secured than relatively civically inactive times .
The final argument to be debunked is the argument that really reveals the authors political perspective, which is the argument that Internet voting will somehow undermine the...

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