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E-Democracy Starting Points Frequently updated online resources with links and announcements directly related to e-democracy from across the Internet: Democracies Online Newswire http://www.dowire.org DoWire is a major blog/e-mail announcement list on e-democracy, e-government and more. E-Democracy and E-Government Blogs http://www.dowire.org/feeds Dozens of related blogs and news feeds E-Democracy E-Book and related articles http://www.publicus.net Steven Clift's overview of e-democracy and dozens of articles with extensive links.
In July 2004, US cinema advertisements for Halo 2, the science fiction computer game, briefly carried the address for a website - ilovebees.com - which appeared to belong to a beekeeper who had mysteriously disappeared.
Citizen juries aim to draw members of the community into participative processes where the community is distanced from the decision-making process or a process is not seen as being democratic. More details
What follows is NCDD director Sandy Heierbacher’s biased opinion on what are some of the best books, guides and tools out there about dialogue, deliberation and public engagement.
Paul Jorion is an anthropologist who blogs about economic and financial issues. In 2005, he was one of the first to predict the subprime crisis and subsequent recession. Today, in his new book, The Digital Civil War , he goes over the Wikileaks scandal and the political reactions that came with it. He shows a picture of extreme tension, a situation he describes as “pre-revolutionary.”
Technology is evolving rapidly, with 500 million people spending 700 billion minutes every month on Facebook. That's the equivalent of years, if not decades, of human effort and energy.
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If information is power, the first step to gaining power is to get the right data. The Obama administration is a big proponent of opening up government data and making it digitally available. Today at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City, the government’s new chief information officer Vivek Kundra announced USAspending.gov , a new site which launched today that tracks government spending with charts and lists ranking the largest government contractors (Lockheed, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, etc.) and assistance recipients (Department of Healthcare Services, New York State Dept. of Health, Texas Health & Human Services Commission, etc.). There is also the Data.gov project, which is attempting to digitize government data and make it available in its raw form for citizens and companies to sift through.
http://www.e-democracy.org/do - Join 2300 people on my e-mail announcement list here. Release Note: Published online January 2002 – This extended and edited transcript is based on a speech given to the international World Futurist Society < http://www.wfs.org > conference held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 31, 2001. This speech is only the start of a “plan.” I try to share a pragmatic, yet futuristic vision of governance when e-democracy exists as an integrated part of “real” everyday representative democracy. I look forward to the time when e-democracy is simply called democracy. Also, the timeline I use in the speech is quite arbitrary.
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“ The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations ”, published in 2004, is a book by James Surowiecki . It discusses, often using anecdotes, that under certain conditions, crowds of people make better decisions than experts. In how far can we (mis)construe this as further proving the democratic doctrine?
Greetings! This wiki was part of Tufts University's new course on Digital Democracy taught by us ( Joshua Goldstein and Patrick Meier ) in the Spring of 2009. We hope you find this wiki helpful. Feel free to get in touch with us at any time. Course Description
Everyone gets as few or as many votes as they want. Nobody needs to be identified because there is no limit on how many votes each person can create. How could such a system work? Why wouldn't people just vote millions of times? They may, but that won't give them more influence.
Affiliations Political Science Department, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093, USA Robert M. Bond, Christopher J. Fariss, Jaime E.
The first large-scale experimental research on the political influence of social networks finds that Facebook quadruples the power of get-out-the-vote messages. While the single-message study produced a moderately successful boost in turnout (a 2.2% increase in verified votes), the most important finding was that 80% of the study’s impact came from “social contagion”, users sharing messages with friends who would otherwise never have seen it. This is the first definitive proof that social networks, as opposed to television or radio, have uniquely powerful political benefits. While Facebook is unlikely return the United States to the 80 percent-plus voting rates of the 19th Century , this study is an attractive selling point to campaigns and causes looking for a way to maximize their impact for little cost or effort.
Kare Anderson: Insight From Massive Social Experiment Could Sway Voting, Spending and Other BehaviorWithin minutes of taking questions, Karl Rove and Howard Dean had a largely well-informed audience deep in the weeds of their conflicting, complex facts last Monday night at our Marin Speakers Series . We watched enthralled, attempting to keep up with their swift verbal combat. This was a meatier discussion than we usually get via media coverage and the truthiness -packed saturation TV ads that are blanketing the battleground states . Our Bias Bond Us for Good and for Bad The topics they covered are innately complex, from health care to the fiscal cliff .