Increasing equality of access to and participation within political processes

Several studies found that digital media increases equality of access to and participation within political processes, in terms of gender, class, race and age. Specifically digital and social media:

  • gives more positive exposure to women politicians than traditional news media;

  • builds well-networked, educated and empowered communities, which may previously have been economically and socially marginalised by digital divides, (when incorporated with other good government policies such as civics education),

  • facilitates the formation of both ‘ad-hoc’ and longer-term, group-based online communities focused on fighting racism, which can provide a safe space of belonging for ethnic minority groups.

  • softens political inequality patterns by encouraging political engagement from 16-29 year olds.