IN the realm of technology, digital democracy has been creating a buzz for a long time. Social media platforms that have the ability to turn whispers into roars are commonly used for this purpose. The digitalisation of democracy can encapsulate numerous advantages. For instance, it can provide a platform to the citizens to voice their opinion. Besides, the government can upload necessary documents for the public to bolster the elements of transparency and accountability.

However, there are some potential repercussions as well. First, it can spark a debate between national security and transparency. Whistle-blowers can easily release classified documents that may be a crucial threat to the nation’s security mechanism.

Also, echo chambers may develop over time, giving rise to hate speeches. And, finally, fake information as well as individual’s privacy are also relevant concerns in this regard.

There are people around the world who are actively working out the pros and cons of the concept of digital democracy, with a final verdict still awaited. Pakistan needs to be a part of this global debate.

Maria Zulfiqar Awan
Islamabad

Published in Dawn, June 23rd, 2024

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