Göran Lindblad: ‘We must be active and interactive’

“We have a duty to be active and interactive. Electronic democracy is already all around us and, like it or not, we have to live with it,” said Göran Lindblad (Sweden, EPP/CD), Chair of PACE Political Affairs Committee, this morning in Madrid at the Council of Europe’s Forum for the Future of Democracy. As he went on to say, we still need to know how we propose to live with it and above all how to use it for the greater advancement of participatory democracy, human rights and rule of law in our societies, and how we are to reverse the electorate’s disinterest in the democratic process. “Alas, no computer can assist us in this task. It will be up to us, the political representatives, to win this everyday battle,” he emphasised.