From frustrated citizens to irate citizens – Part 2
Anti-nuclear demonstrations, Stuttgart 21 and the Occupy movement: Germany takes to the streets. Many citizens are dissatisfied. Electing delegates isn’t sufficient anymore, they also want a direct say when it comes to particular themes. The call for more direct democracy is increasing.
This spring, Clickworker Joachim Kloeckner presented a few Internet sites that enabled Internet users to participate in political activities directly from home – for example by submitting petitions and making public queries to MPs. Now students from various fields of study have developed a site that combines these offers and have edited them to fit the requirements of young people.
The comic figures on www.sehenwaspassiert.de. show the user where to find information and how to get involved in political activities on the Internet. “The essence of this page are the three figures: the opinion surfer, the distance crasher and the participator. By clicking on one of the figures, you reach a Wiki. Once there, users can enter web pages concerning political activities”, says Stefan Czimmek who was involved in the development of the site. In addition to well-known sites such as “Wahlomat” or “Abgeordnetenwatch”, Wiki provides numerous platforms for political discussions, contact persons for own projects and offers of information from the political parties.
“The aim of this web page is to ensure that interested persons are given orientation as to where and how they can get involved on the Internet. We observed that there are already numerous offers but they are all are quite hard to find” says Stefan Czimmek. At present, Wiki is still waiting to be filled by the crowd. But winter is coming and it will be unpleasant out on the streets. Perhaps the Internet can help keep the commitment alive. Perhaps sehenwaspassiert.de can provide guidance. And perhaps it will make politics accessible to young people.