These days how is the will of the people manifested and defined?
There are two sides to this argument.
Firstly, social movements and groups devoted to progressive issues and social change use technology to improve democracy.
The other side of the argument is that new advances in technology can be
distinguished from the media that preceded it as it is relatively cheap, easy to use, difficult to control and interactive.
Technology does not only divide the haves and the have-nots but also is important to facilitate democratic transitions by creating a more open political culture.
As a result, there is the problem re-striking a balance between state, market and societal control of IT, where the state and society emphasise the equality of access, while the market emphasises efficient development of technology and production.
As the capabilities of technology increase, so does our dependency on it.
Nowadays, we find yourself looking at our iPhone almost every ten minutes.
So what leverage does technology have on our democratic proceeds or institutions?
Without physical human interaction, we fall subject to potentially losing our sense of real connection. We’ll become desensitized, numb, and oblivious to the social cues that we would have witnessed had only the conversation been made in-person.
Is the democratic system more to do with how the app works?
Is digital technology leading us into a new dark age?
Will it be thanks to technology, politicians are no longer essential to
the formation of organized society?
Look at initiatives like Democracy. Earth, Asgardia, and Artisanopolis are envisioning new forms of society in which the people govern themselves.
These societies could have economies that are powered by Bitcoin, governing documents that are drafted through peer-to-peer networks, and decisions that are recorded via blockchains. They needn’t apply declarations written centuries ago to today’s unique landscape — they can start from the ground up.
These are the technology incubator of a new democracy.
But are technology and democracy compatible?
Social media manipulation of elections.
Politics has become far more emotional, as a result of our total
immersion in information at the cost of a more rational view of things.
Voter data mining, online polling, electronic voting booths, and, of course, twitter, facebook and emails.
All these communications have left the door wide open for misinformation to seep into the public consciousness, clouding what was already complicated and leaving many unsure of where to look for the truth…or what the truth even looks like.
Brexit being the current prime example, which is turning into a power struggle camouflaged in democracy called the will of the people.
The average citizen will need to work even harder to separate fact from fiction on the internet over the course of the next four months of Brexit.
“We the People” online petition. People no longer need to wait for an issue to bubble over before taking action.
It’s probably too early to reach a conclusion about the correlation between
technology and democracy but it is evident that technology can shape challenges in the political, social, military and economic environment of the political system.
In essence, if democracy is impacted by technology by way of a systematic
the application of knowledge to resources to produce goods and services, it will enhance stability and equality.
Therefore, it can shape challenges in the environment of a democratic political system.
There is no doubting as technology advances, humans will increasingly delegate responsibility to intelligent machines able to make their own decisions.
This entails considering various ways of adjusting the organisational structures that are relevant for economic productivity, political participation and cultural diversity in line with preferred social scenarios; and the cultural.
As far as technology is concerned, any definitive claim whether it is utopian or a Luddite when it comes to democracy can only succumb to technological
Finally, the technology could in future greatly benefit society if its advancement is harmonious with national democratic imperatives and if it is intended to serve the needs of the people.
The goal for the future will be to somehow bridge the theoretical possibilities
with technological capability.
This involves creating information technologies that reduce the threat and
vulnerabilities and encourage environmentally sustainable applications of IT.
The most obvious problem is that information and communication technology companies will have little incentive to develop new products to meet the needs of people who cannot use or afford their existing services.
Thankfully, we have no shortage of ways to discuss the topic.
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