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How technology can be used to combat political apathy

Eva Pascoe in The Guardian on 3 Feb 2014

Estonia has been e-voting since 2005 while the UK lags woefully behind. Technology is transforming democracy across the globe.

Game thinking, for example residents earning community points for volunteering, is being used to engage people in local government. Photograph: Jae C Hong/AP

Game thinking, for example residents earning community points for volunteering, is being used to engage people in local government. Photograph: Jae C Hong/AP

With turnout continuing to fall and a Hansard Society survey revealing only 12% of young people plan to vote at the next general election, it’s no wonder a raft of initiatives are being launched to try and narrow the widening gap between politicians and young voters.

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