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The current proposal for an e-Petitions system in the House of Commons 1 is just one example of increasing interest in e-Democracy. Reasons include growing use of the internet, the popularity of web based applications such as social networking, and the trend towards digital convergence. This POSTnote looks at recent UK initiatives, and at challenges faced in their design and implementation. It examines debate over the purpose of e-Democracy and where its future lies.

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