Are ICT/web 2.0 tools influencing civic engagement in modern democracies? An exploratory analysis from India

Indu Nair, Bardo Fraunholz, Chandana Unnithan

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Abstract

Web 2.0 tools, while mobilising citizens to make informed choices, may also manipulated public opinion. This hypothesis forms the central theme of this research investigation through the historiography lens. Based on concurrent research from decade, the authors take a closer look at citizen-to-citizen engagement, so as to trace the role of web 2.0 tools, in perhaps manipulating public opinion or enabling democratic governance through reversal of some existing defects in the Indian context. Specifically, they raise these questions: Has ICT enabled civic engagement manipulated public opinion in this developing democracy? Has it succeeded in reversing apparent defects in the electoral system, which is regarded pivotal in democracies? Focusing on the elections, the authors present a synopsis of the use of web 2.0 tools which were seemingly efficiently and prolifically used during the elections albeit to reach out to the large population base in this country.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCyber Behavior
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
PublisherIGI Global Publishing
Pages1683-1698
Number of pages16
Volume4-4
ISBN (Electronic)9781466659438
ISBN (Print)1466659424, 9781466659421
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Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Nair, I., Fraunholz, B., & Unnithan, C. (2014). Are ICT/web 2.0 tools influencing civic engagement in modern democracies? An exploratory analysis from India. In Cyber Behavior: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (Vol. 4-4, pp. 1683-1698). IGI Global Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-5942-1.ch087