TECHKNOW: Well sited

TECHKNOW: Well sited - Everyone from political junkies to the moderately interested citizen and business people should find YouGov.com a handy and rather intriguing site.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Everyone from political junkies to the moderately interested citizen and business people should find YouGov.com a handy and rather intriguing site.

As well as keeping users up-to-date on political news, it also has the rather lofty aim of 'promoting better and more open government'.

It does this by allowing registered users to vote on Commons motions, the results of which are then forwarded to their MPs. Those who vote will also be informed of the results and how their MP voted.

Other facilities will enable users to identify everyone from their MP to their local councillors and service providers - and e-mail them directly.

Which, one imagines, won't be much fun for the local councillors.

Of course, YouGov.com isn't 'electronic democracy', but it offers a tantalising glimpse of how the internet could bring something of this sort about.

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