Distributed Digital Democracy

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* Distributed Digital Democracy. By Cadell Last. Global Brain Institute Working Paper.

URL = http://cadelllast.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/distributed-digital-democracy.pdf


Abstract

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"Modern democratic political institutions are based on a decision-making system that is both inefficient and corrupt, as it seems to enhance the proliferation and implementation of ideas that benefit only political leaders, upperCclass individuals, and multiCnational corporations.

Fortunately,&this&system&is&also& unnecessary&given&advances&in&information&and&communication&technologies&(ICT)& and&the&emergence&of&Web&2.0&features&that&enhance&collective&intelligence&on&the& Internet.&&Several&theorists&have&proposed&alternative&models&of&governance&that&can& broadly&be&categorized&as&“eCdemocracies”.&&These&models&have&been&met&with& incredulity&and&resistance&from&policymakers,&despite&impressive&theoretical& developments,&practical&demonstrations,&and&empirical&testing&of&their&ability&to& maximize&the&collective&intelligence&of&our&societies.&&Broadly&speaking,&most&“eC democracy”&models&are&built&within&a&framework&of&three&pillars:&(1)&distributed& decisionCmaking,&(2)&digitallyCbased&social&mediums,&and&(3)&a&new&paradigm&of& collaborative&democracy.&&Therefore,&the&dominant&models&proposed&to&replace&our& current&democratic&systems&can&be&referred&to&as&a&Distributed!Digital!Democracy& (DDD).&&Here&I&attempt&to&introduce&the&main&concepts&of&DDD,&and&suggest&a& potential&pathway&for&the&further&development&and&implementation&of&a&new& governance&system."