Young People's Vision for a Digital Parliament

This events provides the opportunity for young people to engage with democracy in a new and innovative way, ensuring that their ideas will make a difference to how we interact with Parliament in the future.

In December 2013 the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, established the Digital Democracy Commission in order to engage young people with technology, and democracy. UEA has been asked to collate the visions of young people in the Eastern Region on their ideas about a Digital Democracy.

Politics at UEA would like to welcome your sixth form students to an event on Monday, October 20, from 10.00am – 2.00pm for:

  • a series of short specialist talks from academic staff and UEA Politics students
  • an ‘ideas development' workshop resulting in your students presenting their view for a Digital Parliament in a clear and concise way
  • At the end of this session all participants will elect two students to present the best idea to the Digital Democracy Commission on Monday, November 17, at Portcullis House in London.

The Digital Democracy Commission will make recommendations on how parliamentary democracy can make better use of digital technologies in five areas:

  • Representing the people;
  • Making laws;
  • Scrutinising the government;
  • Encouraging citizens' engagement with democracy;
  • Encouraging citizens' dialogue.

Based on these five areas, young people are being asked for their ideas on a Digital Parliament. For example, how it might work and communicate, the policy areas it might cover, how it might represent individuals or groups within society, and how it could be made appealing to young people in general.

Drinks will be provided but please ensure your students to bring a packed lunch.

The event is free to attend but must be pre-booked as places are limited.

Essential Information

When: Monday 20 October 2014, 10.00 am – 2.00 pm

Where: The University of East Anglia

Event Organiser: Beth Derks

To book: please email

Download: Flyer [PDF]