( A six-minute read)
I AM NOT TALKING HERE ABOUT DEMOCRACY THAT IS FOUND AT THE
BOTTOM OF A BOTTLE OF WHISKY BUT REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY THAT
MAY HAVE RUN ITS COURSE.
Technology is fundamentally shifting how government works and how it relates to the citizens it ostensibly represents. In the wake of fake news, algorithms operated by business are shaping a world in which earthly government is becoming less and less functional.
Smartphones with their ease of use and constant accessibility are changing our social networks and reshaping our political world.
Because Social Media companies, not Governments are launching new policies. We need to take a more critical look at the role of social media in society.
The biggest challenge is technology that could potentially help end corruption and lobbying, allow people to delegate votes to trusted friends rather than politicians, and empower experts in a field to meaningfully impact policy cannot be achieved while the content of social media has no legal means of ensuring transparency or verification of authenticity prior to any posting.
WHILE THIS STATE REMAINS Representative democracy may have run its course.
Social Media companies like Facebook, Twitter, U Tube and their like are now shaping a world in which earthly government is becoming inoperative.
SO HOW MIGHT SOCIAL MEDIA – ALGORITHMS – AI – MACHINE LEARNING – ALTER THE CAPACITY OF CITIZENS TO GOVERN THEMSELVES?
As unprecedented numbers of people channel their political energy through this medium, it’s now being used in unforeseen ways with societal repercussions that were never anticipated.
We should all be very wary news feeds which are being personalized.
ONE OF THE GREATEST PROBLEMS for the future is the worldwide existing inequality in access to new communication technologies. It threatens to aggravate existing social inequalities.
How does social media influence a democratic society?
By allowing us to create our very own feeds and essentially live in them.
By allowing algorithms to design communication packages just for individuals with each component full chosen in advance.
By allowing advertising without checking their source of purchase.
By allowing petitions to be voted on.
By allowing algorithms to create what’s called polarization, or an information cocoon.
By allowing another communication channel between voters and politicians.
If there’s one fundamental truth about social media’s impact on democracy it’s that it amplifies human intent — both good and bad. At its best, it allows us to express ourselves and take action. At its worst, it allows people to spread misinformation and corrode democracy.
One way or the other we are arriving rapidly to a crossroads whether we want true freedom of choice or short-term data-driven decisions to rule the roost.
If we can bank online, we can vote online.
We can now publish online, shout online, share music and ideas online, expose new knowledge online, regroup and connect online, bank online. The only thing we still can’t do online is voting on our own laws. No, instead we’re still living under a bizarre psycho-political industrial-era system that wants us to believe we’re represented by elected ofﬁcials.
The structure of a direct democracy government is simple, and yet profound, giving rise to several questions that need a wide-reaching topic for debate.
The people have the final say in every decision that the government makes. That is because, in this government structure, the people are the government.
This can only work if everyone is involved in the voting process in some way. WHICH IS TOTALLY UNWORKABLE.
WHO WANTS MOB RULE.
Voters cannot authentically decide a course of action to take if they are not presented with complete and accurate information. This structure of government requires that all citizens be given the same information and shared within an equal time frame.
It could also allow a majority of people to oppress certain groups in a harmful manner.
IT CAN ONLY WORK IN THE VILLAGE HALL.
Once we count on AI to decide what we do our concept of life will have to change.
Democratic elections and free markets might cease to make any sense, as with most art and religions.
Can parliaments and political parties overcome the challenges?
At the moment it does not seem so. Technological disruption is not even a leading item on the political agenda.
Google and Twitter are attention merchants. They capture our attention and resell it to advertisers. We are becoming their product.
Governments need to nationalize our data.
It is now or never that regulate the ownership of data if we don’t want to end up living in a digital dictatorship.
All human comments appreciated. All like clicks chucked in the bin.