TAN+N -- Project Action News

PROJECT ACTION NEWS

ADVANCES IN CITIZEN EMPOWERMENT AROUND THE WORLD:
Articles, Descriptions, Interviews About Recent and Current Projects and Providers

Due to the increasing information about many new developments in this field, we have decided to alter the format of TAN+N. First, we are now aware that such projects and providers fit into one or more rough categories of citizen empowerment. Second, we believe that changing the format of TAN+N into that which might be called a "webzine," will make the presentation of the data more interesting to the reader and provide a better framework for analysis and organization.

What follows, then, are 5 major clusters of citizen empowerment projects currently occurring on Planet Earth:

I. Voting From the Home: Mail/Phone/Computer
II. Deliberative Polling/Deliberative Democracy
III. Computer Assisted Democracy
IV. Electronic Town Meetings
V. Affiliated Organizations/Institutions/Discussion-Chat Groups

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EDITOR'S NOTE:
 
Although we have separated the projects into distinct categories, there are several things to keep in mind. (1) Projects may well fit into several categories. (2) There is so much in common among the projects in terms of ideology and technique, that they may work together well in combination in future experiments.

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