Online from: 1972
Subject Area: Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Options: To add Favourites and Table of Contents Alerts please take a Emerald profile
|Title:||Cybernetics and e-democracy|
|Author(s):||Alex M. Andrew, (Reading University, Reading, UK)|
|Citation:||Alex M. Andrew, (2008) "Cybernetics and e-democracy", Kybernetes, Vol. 37 Iss: 7, pp.1066 - 1068|
|Keywords:||Cybernetics, Democracy, Governance|
|Article type:||General review|
|DOI:||10.1108/03684920810884414 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The aim is to review developments on the internet, especially those of general cybernetic interest.
Design/methodology/approach – A discussion in the CYBCOM discussion list, on possible revision of the definition and nomenclature of cybernetics, is reviewed and discussed, as are also certain proposals for enhancement of existing systems of parliamentary democracy, indicated by e-democracy.
Findings – It is argued that the term “governance” has vagueness and that its use in a definition of cybernetics does lead to clarification. Wiener's reference to “control” is defended, with the observation that it should be realised in loops-within-loops, contrary to some treatments emphasising simple circularity. It is observed that principles of e-democracy are cogently defended by several writers.
Practical implications – Reference to “governance” highlights a need to be clear about the aims of government in general. Proposals for e-democracy deserve serious consideration.
Originality/value – It is hoped this is a valuable periodic review.
Existing customers: login
to access this document
To purchase this item please login or register.
Complete and print this form to request this document from your librarian