Democracy

  • Disrupting Democracy

    Disrupting Democracy

    You have to grudgingly admire the black-hat political hackers who have pwned the American electoral system. First, entrench a two-party system; second, gerrymander districts into tortuous shapes; third, cultivate an electorate so polarized that no matter how much voters dislike their incumbent, they hate the alternative worse; fourth, profit! It’s elegant, horrifying brilliance. Read More

  • Technology’s Role In Direct Democracy

    Technology’s Role In Direct Democracy

    An influx of communication and collaboration technologies since the beginning of the 21st century has helped to make this the most connected time in human history — and seemingly easier than ever for society to work together. Yet, where is the political yield? Read More

  • India’s Citizen Engagement Comes Online But Political Parties Still Operate Above The Law

    India’s Citizen Engagement Comes Online But Political Parties Still Operate Above The Law

    India’s budding democracy has dipped its toe into the digital waters, as the government launched a website allowing citizens to file Right To Information requests online. It digitises a popular legislative mechanism which forces public officials to release documents and files relating to ministerial and bureaucratic decisions and taxpayer spending. Over the past eight years the RTI… Read More

  • Three Startups Defending Democracy In America: Votizen, Memeorandum, and NationBuilder

    Three Startups Defending Democracy In America: Votizen, Memeorandum, and NationBuilder

    The USA was founded by entrepreneurs who said “England has become bloated with bureaucracy. Let’s disrupt it by starting our own agile, more innovative nation.” But on the country’s 236th birthday, we find some democracy’s machinery needs a tune up. Political news, campaigns, and voting itself require an update for the 21st century. Considering our roots, its… Read More

  • Twitter, Democracy, and Internet Freedom

    Twitter, Democracy, and Internet Freedom

    Twitter has taken fire in recent days from activists and bloggers who fear that the company’s new censorship policies will muffle online freedom. News reports recall the ways in which protestors have had made use of Twitter to oppose dictatorships, and dissidents express concern that their ability to communicate will be harmed. The more immediate issue, however, may lie elsewhere. … Read More

  • How to spot e-vote tampering?

    Our permanent campaign marches on here in the U.S., with preparations for 2012 already well underway. To that end, some dude has asked proto-blog Slashdot what to look for when it comes to electronic vote fraud. (He’s an elections official, so he has some modicum of power to stop any shenanigans.) The suggestions are rich in thought and content. • Look for a paper trail. If… Read More

  • The Hi-Tech Soldier: A Retrospective

    Today is Memorial Day in the greatest country on Earth, the greatest country in history. CNET knows this and has a patriotic slide show featuring freedom-spreading technology the U.S. Army uses or plans to use on the battlefields of liberty. I like this picture here the best because it shows our boys, Over There, controlling a Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle with an Xbox 360 controller. Now… Read More