If we compare young people (15-29) to the “old” ones we can observe a deficit regarding their ability for participation in policy making on the one hand, on the other the former are best in everything beginning with “e”. It might be a logical conclusion that young people are more active in involving to any kinds of e-participation, but the majority of surveys and analysis have shown the opposite.
In my view the problem is in the fact that e-democracy devices have been designed for the demand of young people imagined by the “old” society. These devices, platforms make more comfortable participation with the help of “e”, but do not give enough extra value to it. Those who have no interest in policy discussions in real life will not use any e-democracy platform either.
Young people are very active in web 2.0 but – beside their private issues - they use these devises for organising actions, demonstrations instead of for policy discussions. They intend to show themselves, their life, their problems, their force,etc…
Online communities generally consist of people having similar opinion. Discussions mean enrichment of their views. Opponents are mainly “agents provocateurs”.