Yes, they can, in the words of Barack Obama’s election campaign. That campaign itself provided evidence that the tools of “Web 2.0” – the community-driven web – can really make a difference, delegates at the Terra future conference in London heard this week.
From New Scientist comes a short article that explores whether social networks can engender social and political reform. The article has a number of interesting links to serious Web 2.0 and mobile applications designed and used for serious purposes. Are these exceptions or are they a harbinger of a slew of more applications designed to support democracy?