Shaping Post-Pandemic Democracy: Data Integration, Digital Proficiency, and the Challenges of Legislative Power
Written on September, 2021
Introduction: Changing Tides in the Wake of the Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an unprecedented impetus for the expansion of technological use and adoption within the democratic legislative process. While these actions were not borne from a deliberate strategy for digital transformation, the necessity for institutional continuity led to a new reliance on technology within our democratic institutions. The priorities of the post-pandemic era in legislative power can be encapsulated into two categories: technical and political. Technically, data integration and security are central concerns. Politically, the use of digital media for better interaction between Members of Parliament (MPs) and their electorates is paramount.