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From my experience, you can make the online and local "real" with _real_ people. The primary problem most citizens and government officials have with political/civic dialogue is related to the use of aliases/anonymous speech.

E-Democracy.Org requires real names and city/neighborhood in our forum posts. We are working up our updated rules as we expand based on volunteer interest ( http://e-democracy.org/chicago ) into more communities: http://www.e-democracy.org/center/draftrules.html

So is you want the online world to be politically relevant in local communities, make people put their names to what they write and ensure that the discussion as accessible as possible.

Steven Clift

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