I found this very interesting webpage on the deep seas of Internet: http://www.myworld2015.org
If you haven’t done so already, I think you absolutely should check this one out!
MY World is a simple survey that United Nations together with some other partners are making to find out what issues people prioritize, so that global leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining the new development agenda for the world = what global goals there should be after 2015.
MY World asks individuals which six of sixteen possible issues they think would make the most difference to their lives. I made the survey and can say that I thought all 16 are very important, which makes it very hard to choose only six.
The survey continues all the way until 2015, but already now in 2013, United Nations are using the results as an input for discussions.
Yes, I can see that you think that an Internet survey is not going to get many votes from poor/er communities, but they also gather data in paper form through various organizations in these communities. They can also weight the result to ensure that the responses of poor people count in proportion to their numbers in the whole population, and are not drowned out by a large web response in high income countries.
At the moment approximately 559 000 people in 194 countries have made the survey. Are you among them or are you going to be the next person to give them your vote?
They also have a result page already and I was astonished when I compared my priorities to the overall result. Some of the things that I found important was almost on the bottom of the list.
It will be very interesting to see how this survey is used and I will try to follow this up.