A Brighton author and e-democracy campaigner has died at the age of 47.
Dan Jellinek, editor of UKauthority.com and author of People Power, died from a brain haemorrhage at the weekend.
The married father of two lived in Shaftesbury Road, Brighton, and helped set up SCIP (the Sussex Community Internet Project).
He wrote a popular politics book called People Power: A user’s guide to democracy in the UK.
A tribute on the UKauthority website today (Tuesday 20 October) said: “(The) author of People Power and friend to all believers in technology for social good has died suddenly.
“The UKauthority community is one of many to be reeling this morning at the news of the sudden death of writer and social activist Dan Jellinek.
“His family has informed us that he died at the weekend from a cerebral haemorrhage at a shockingly young age.
“Dan was a pioneer writer on the topic of e-government, writing for many newspapers and online services including UKauthority.com.
“However, he was always more than a journalist. He was passionate about the potential of technology for social good, particularly for disabled people, and about the need to end the digital divide.
“His 2013 book People Power (Bantam Press) is a clarion call to engage intelligently in the democratic process.
“‘Not everyone will want to be active in politics but that does not mean you cannot be a more active citizen.
“You will never be able to make things perfect because things can never be perfect. But one of the most precious things that democracy brings is the freedom to think, talk, persuade and act in a way that might make things better.
“‘The rest is up to you.’
“Now it really is up to us. Our deepest sympathies to Gillian, Frida and Ezra.”
Mr Jellinek read English literature at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
He described himself as a journalist and publisher with two decades’ experience writing about technology and social issues. These included e-government, e-democracy and access to technology by people with disabilities.
He covered Westminster and Brussels for Local Government Chronicle (LGC), the leading news publication for local councils.
He then went freelance, writing about the internet and other emerging technologies, and their effect on society, for The Guardian. He also worked for BBC Online and contributed to The Times, the Sunday Telegraph and Total Politics magazine.
Mr Jellinek had been a UK board member of E-Democracy.org, an international non-profit, citizen-based project founded in the American state of Minnesota.
And he was one of the founders of the think-tank Vox Politics in 2001.
Among many tributes paid to Mr Jellinek, one described him as “a bright, funny and kind man” who touched many people’s lives.
Another mourned “a major loss”, saying: “Dan was an extremely generous person, with a true commitment to democracy.”
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