Digital parliamentary monitoring platforms have become an important vehicle for democracy in the digital age
Parliamentary monitoring websites are shaping democracy in Africa by providing free information about parliaments to citizens. These digital technologies are a way of keeping an eye on the people in power.
“Parliamentary monitoring sites improve citizen engagement in governance and reduce the distance between the representative and the represented,” according to mySociety’s research “Parliament and the People: How digital technologies are shaping democratic information flow in Sub-Saharan Africa”.
Parliamentary monitoring websites make it easy to find information about representatives, laws, parliament proceedings, debate topics, election news, and more. In some ways digital parliamentary monitoring platforms have become an important vehicle for democracy in the digital age.
We review five African parliament monitoring platforms.