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Social Media and Participatory Democracy

Public Notice and the World Wide Web

Shannon Martin E.

Public notices are usually provided in the form of a document when something is about to be done or recently has been done by government. For about two hundred years these notices have often taken the form of legal notices placed as classified ads in newspapers.
With the onset of social media, government as well as personal information can be accessed at a push of a button for all to see. This book addresses the kinds of changes that public notice and published public records have experienced as governments around the world try to accommodate the digital formats for information and World Wide Web publishing, as well as presenting historical and legal underpinnings for the broader claim of a public requirement to be informed about government.
While there is concern that government information on the web will fall pray to pranks and misuse, the author argues that it is possible to reduce this risk by looking carefully at the intent of public notice and the history of democratic evolution. The book concludes with recommendations for smoothing the transition from a paper-based world of records to an environment of speed and virtual portability.
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Bibliography of Works of Law

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United States of America Constitutions and Statutory Works of Law

Continental Congress, 1774, Extracts from the votes and proceedings of the American Continental Congress, Held at Philadelphia, on the Fifth of September, 1774. Published by order of the congress, Philadelphia, Printed (1775). Group 2, pp. 36–37.

U.S. Continental Congress, Resolution 4, Extracts from the votes and proceedings of the American Continental Congress, Held at Philadelphia, 1774. Published by order of the congress, Philadelphia, First Group.

U.S. Continental Congress, signed by Henry Middleton, president, Extracts from the votes and proceedings of the American Continental Congress, Held at Philadelphia, 1774. Published by order of the congress, Philadelphia, First Group, p. 66–71.

The Declaration of Independence, 1776, lines 109–114.

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