ERIC Number: ED066896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Technology to Facilitate Citizen Participation in Government.
Unger, Stephen H.
New ways are needed for a citizen to participate actively in meaningful discussions of political issues. Telephone and cable television (CATV) facilities may help bring this about. For example a group of representatives could discuss some proposal for an hour and it could be broadcast over CATV or even radio several times during the day. Citizens who wish to discuss the issue could notify a coordinating center and could be assigned to small groups using conference telephone facilities. Elements needed for such experiments are (1) a broadcasting facility, (2) a means of receiving, processing and displaying audience feedback, (3) a way of receiving and rebroadcasting audio signals from the audience, (4) interconnection of large numbers of people into small groups. Although all of this could be done using the telephone system, some modifications of telephone equipment would be required. CATV could be used for the same purposes, with the modifications built in when the cable is laid. (MG)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Policy Research, New York, NY.
Note: Technology and Society Program