Saturday, February 19, 2011

Can Social Media be used for Genuine Public Opinion like elections?

The power of social media to mobilize certain sections of people is now quite established after seeing what is happening in the Arab world. Now Imran Khan, the famous cricketer of Pakistan, has prophesied that a similar movement will take place in his country. It seems more as his wish, but that made me think. Can the social media sites be used to project a genuine public opinion on a matter? For example, can we use the facility to conduct elections? If it were possible to design a medium specific to this objective with each subscriber being genuinely identified and asked to vote, I think this could make the election process faster and more transparent and with fewer expenses, more quality results could be expected.

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