Democracy

Democratizing Everything

David Liu of XO Group explains why he thinks our interest in democratizing everything is creating an uninspired society.

Grow Civic Tech––But Respect Today’s Systems

People have always relied on tech to make civil society more efficient and accessible. Now, the rapid evolution of the net and standards-based protocols are already enriching a variety of civic activities, such as voting....

Why Can’t We Register to Vote Online? (and Other Ways Tech Could Improve Democracy)

American democracy is out of date, in large part because we have failed to take advantage of voting technology. Turnout is now low and the experience of voting and registering inconvenient. Most Americans must still...

Reflections from Ross: DLD in New York and Policy in DC

Last week was, as usual, a busy week in New York for the tech, media, and startup community. Burda's DLD conference was in town, as was TechCrunch's Disrupt NY. And it was the Huffington Post's...

Can Open-Source Voting Tech Fix the U.S. Elections System?

American voting technology is trapped in the last millennium. This lifeline to democracy is kept secret—closed off from public inspection and controlled by large businesses. It is decades old to boot. Our voting methods ought...

How Democracy Works Is Innovating Government from the Outside In

A federal election is one of the most logistically challenging business models you can imagine: it’s a business that’s open only one day a year, staffed almost entirely by temps (practically volunteers) with limited advance...

Myanmar’s Promising Experiment with Internet Freedom

After decades of rule by a brutal regime known for imprisoning cyber-dissidents, internet freedom in Myanmar expanded dramatically over the past year, according to a recent report by Freedom House. The report warns that the...

Microsoft’s Craig Mundie on Changing Governance in Response to Technological Change

In the "Government in an Integrated World" session from Techonomy 2011 in Tuscon, Ariz., Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer at Microsoft, discusses how he thinks governance will have to change to accommodate rapid...

Jim Breyer of Accel Partners on Tech and Direct Democracy

In this session from Techonomy 2011 in Tuscon, Ariz., Jim Breyer, Partner at Accel Partners, argues that technology is fueling a new type of direct democracy. He cites the city of Rio De Janeiro as...

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