eWF 2012 - e-Politics - Jaijit Bhattacharya
Jaijit Bhattacharya, President, Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research (C-DEP)
Speaker at: eWorld Forum 2012
Date: 15-16 June 2012
Venue: Le Meridien, New Delhi
Brief: With the advent of Internet, there has been a significant democratisation of the ability to distribute and consume information. The power to distribute information and the ability to reach out to the people is no longer being controlled by a few in the society. This has had disproportionate impact on all walks of life and society. However, this change in the asymmetry of power to distribute and consume information is only just beginning to impact the business of politics but growing at a rapid pace. In 2011, almost one-third of Internet users described the web as an important source of political information, compared v with less than 15 percent in 2007 according to the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM).