E-petitions give e-voices for e-democracy and e-revolution

E-petitions give e-voices for e-democracy and e-revolution

Summary: A petition, right from the heart of the University of Kent where I currently study, is attempting to persuade the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, away from new immigration laws targeting international students entering UK universities.Whilst the topic itself is a controversial one; essentially forcing university lecturers and professors to "spy on" international students to ensure they are not defrauding the university, and their visa to study there.

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A petition, right from the heart of the University of Kent where I currently study, is attempting to persuade the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, away from new immigration laws targeting international students entering UK universities.

Whilst the topic itself is a controversial one; essentially forcing university lecturers and professors to "spy on" international students to ensure they are not defrauding the university, and their visa to study there. What I find interesting is the ability ordinary folks have to make their voices heard to the highest levels of government.

Whilst the UK government couldn't really back down from the initial experimentation phase because of all the press it had gotten, Australia followed suit, but it hasn't made a huge impact to the citizens of the United States. Fair enough, Michigan has an e-petitioning system in place, but it's hardly federal government, is it?

By simply signing a petition online, a name and address to put forward your opinion to a worthy cause, it's so remarkably easy which requires little-to-no effort. For students this is the most perfect thing around; not everybody has time to stand in front of a tank, join a riot, man a guillotine or spark an on-campus revolution.

Some may criticise students for not getting involved with politics as they used to. However, some "can't be arsed", and some simply don't have the inclination for it. With e-petitions, any UK citizen can make their voice heard, and with the power of Facebook and other social networking websites to spread the word, enough people can spark a revolution.

Would this be something the US could really do with? Will Obama start such a movement?

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  • Quick & Easy!!

    The best part is that it allows you to sign a petition faster than you can think about what you're signing. No need to be bothered with counter-arguments; just read part of the paragraph about the latest crisis and how your signature will cure everything, then type a little and click Submit.
    Democracy works best when people have to work a little to make their voices heard. It gives a chance to pause and ask if we're really asking for what we need.
    kidtree
  • Epetitions don't work

    I live in UK and have seen a number of epetitions. In every case the government has continued with whatever policy it wanted. In each case they give a reply to the petition which is bland to the point of being useless. They take no notice of any points raised no matter how relevant. Conclusion - They are just there to divert people from serious action.
    misceng
  • RE: E-petitions give e-voices for e-democracy and e-revolution

    I recall a website that supported a range of E-petitions on it - that was, in fact, the purpose of the website.
    They never could tout one petition that had its intended effect.
    FateJHedgehog