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Politics In The Digital Age: A Transformation

March 23rd, 2013

Douglas Carswell MP hosted a meeting at the House of Commons on “Politics In The Digital Age: A Transformation.”

At this meeting we discussed how the digital age could and is changing politics fundamentally. In Douglas Carswell’s Book The End of Politics he suggests that the digital revolution amounts to a transformation in human affairs on a par with the agrarian and the industrial revolutions. It will change the way that human social and economic affairs are arranged. Collectivism without government is going to be possible in a way that was previously unimaginable. The elite oligarchy will be overthrown.

But others are more cautious and believe that Governments and Major Corporations will try to take over and control the Internet and we will see the advent of a new big brother society where nothing will be private and the minutest detail of our lives become the property of the state. The elite oligarchy will not be overthrown. They will continue to rule with a vengeance.

Douglas was first elected to Parliament in 2005 in Clacton. Douglas Carswell  found prominence by calling for reform of parliamentary expenses before the 2009 expenses scandal. In recognition of his efforts to bring change to Westminster, in 2009 Spectator readers voted him Parliamentarian of the Year and The Daily Telegraph nominated him a Briton of the Year. His new book, The End of Politics and the Birth of iDemocracy, was published in October 2012.

Nick Pickles is a Law graduate of the University of Durham. He joined Big Brother Watch as Director in September 2011, with a background in corporate public relations and technology. He will talk about some of the dangers of the digital age and the how the Internet could be used to create a big brother society where our privacy is invaded. Before joining Big Brother Watch he worked with small SMEs and multinational companies in corporate communications, in addition to working in the House of Commons.

Matthew Elliott is the founder and former Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance. He also acted as Campaign Director for the successful NOtoAV campaign in the 2011 Alternative Vote referendum. He believes that the digital revolution creates new opportunities for citizen activism. In 2010 Matthew was described by the BBC as “one of the most effective lobbyists at Westminster” and he was ranked by Total Politics as one of the top 25 political influencers in the UK. Matthew led the successful NO to AV campaign in May 2011. Matthew has written four books on public spending and is a Fellow of the RSA.