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Helen Margetts Interviewed at the Chances and Risks of Social Participation conference (HIIG)

With Professor Helen Margetts
Recorded:
22 Nov 2013
Speakers:
With Professor Helen Margetts

Helen Margetts, Director of the OII, discusses how the Internet has changed political participation. She begins by examining electronic petitions, stating that they greatly increase participation and extend the range of democratic possibilities, as tiny acts can easily coalesce and grow to large-scale mobilizations. Margetts additionally relates how the ability to know how many people have undertaken a particular action online as well as the power to receive feedback from the actions of others have helped social scientists apply the tools of analysing natural systems to systems of political participation.

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