Internet Democracy Resolution

A resolution for the Federal NDP leadership convention of January 24-26, 2003.

Whereas the representative democracy we have now was not possible without the printing press and other communication technology, which is required to provide enough information for voters to make their decisions,

Whereas the development of the Internet is a great leap in communication technology because, unlike older technology where only a relative few people could present their view to a wide audience, anyone can freely present their views to anyone else,

Whereas the development of the Internet will allow a much greater degree of participatory democracy then was possible before, because everyone can equally and easily contribute to the debate and it makes the logistics of voting much simpler,

Therefore be it resolved that the NDP establish a Internet based forum for discussion open to party members to participate in and non-members to view,

Be it further resolved that this forum attempt to resolve the conflict between keeping discussion on topic and civil and the principle of freedom of speech by using the idea of "a place for everything, and everything in it's place",

Be it further resolved that a standing committee be established to operate the Internet site and to develop any custom software needed, which shall be released under an open source license,

Be it further resolved that this forum can submit resolutions to future conventions the have been approved by more then 50% of the participants.

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