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Cybernetics and e-democracy

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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.

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