Digital Democracy offers an invaluable in-depth explanation of what issues of theory and application are most important to the emergence and development of computer-mediated communication systems for political purposes. It addresses how the Internet, and computer-mediated political communication are affecting democracy and focuses on the various theoretical and practical issues involved in digital democracy.
Part I: Introduction and History
- Chapter 1: What is Digital Democracy?
- Chapter 2: Computers as Communication: The Rise of Digital Democracy
Part II: Theory
- Chapter 3: Models of Democracy and Concepts of Communication
- Chapter 4: Digital Democracy and Political Systems
- Chapter 5: Structural Transformations of the Public Sphere
- Chapter 6: The Controversies of the Internet and the Revitalization of Local Political Life
Part III: Practice
- Chapter 7: The White House Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) System and Political Interactivity
- Chapter 8: Guiding Voters Through the Net: The Democracy Network in a California Primary Election
- Chapter 9: The Promise and Practice of Public Debate in Cyberspace
- Chapter 10: Widening Information Gaps and Policies of Prevention
- Chapter 11: Public Policies for Digital Democracy
Part IV: Summary