New Scottish parliament must "innovate, not automate"

September 11, 1998

The new Scottish parliament must "innovate, not automate", Lesley Beddie, head of Napier University's computing department, warned this week.

Professor Beddie, a member of the Scottish Office expert panel on information technology, told a Napier conference on "Reporting Holyrood" that people must guard against simply automating current parliamentary processes. It was important to rethink how things could be done to encourage democratic participation.

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