Teledemocracy is the relatively new area of research for IS scholars. Most of current research regarding teledemocracy are from political scientists. People have been discussing about teledemocracy for more than a decade. At first, people thought that there could be a teledemocracy implemented through TV and telephones, which turned out to be not very successful(Bowser, 1998). In recent years computers were introduced in creating teledemocracy infrastructure. By utilizing computers, computer-mediated communication can be regarded as the core concept of teledemocracy. Thus nowadays the prospect for successful administration of teledemocracy infrastructure is bright thanks to the advent of computer and telecommunication technology. Now that teledemocracy has become a viable research topic for IS researchers, we need a fundamental theory on this topic besides conducting case studies of numerous teledemocracy infrastructure implementations.
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