Since 1997 the Hansard Society's Digital Democracy Programme has
led the way in understanding how digital media affect and transform the way
democracy works. We were the first dedicated research unit to explore the
political and social impact of information and communications technology (ICT). Our research, networks and experience mean that we keep our finger on
the pulse of this fast changing area and our reputation for impartiality means
that we are a trusted partner and a contributor to the wider debate.
From the internet's impact on parliament, to better
government engagement with citizens and the potential for civil society to
harness digital media, our thought-leading research has been a formative part
of an emergent digital Britain.
Today, we undertake research and produce publications and commentaries that
deliver value and push the boundaries of digital democracy.
Our work is about democratic innovation. Focusing on online political communication and citizen
engagement, our work explores the many faces of digital inclusion, citizen engagement,
political campaigning and parliamentary process.
Our work is known for its practical, relevant and timely
results and is highly valued by the key decision makers and influencers across
parliament, central and local government - nationally and internationally. Our
work influences policy and processes, is used by practitioners and academics
and contributes not only to the scholarly debate but to practical solutions
that enhance democracy: We seek to understand and to reshape civic and political
spaces as they are affected by digital media.