Digitalization of Politics and Elections

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Abstract

This chapter is a contribution to the discussion on how cyber-development will transform present scopes of democratic participation into new online and multichannel-based structures of democratic partaking. In this context, the possibility of online voting is expected to be a significant instrument. Elections are the heartbeats of democracies, but it seems that the heartbeats of people nowadays follow their PEDs (Personal Electronic Devices) clock rate. Mobile technology is embedded in our lives and also in nearly all communication processes. Political campaign management and digital interactions via mobile applications have become more and more common in the political systems of the world. For years, project founders of new voting technologies have tried to implement people’s interests in policy processes with the help of digital technologies. Since a new security technology of online financial services named block chain arrived in the global stock market and the US stock market Nasdaq launched the first trading platform on its base in 2015, it is time to discuss and adoption of this system in online voting (also called i-voting), making election processes more attractive and raise turnout.

Keywords

Cyber-development Election Block chain Personal electronic devices Online voting Calculus of voting Social media Digital revolution of politics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Education and InnovationViennaAustria

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