Distributed Democracy

Date and Time: 
7 November, 2010 - 14:15 - 15:00

The idea behind Democracy is "rule by the people", but its implementation has proven difficult. Representative Democracy has been the governance of choice in the western world, but how democratic is it? Limited choices, lack of transparency, high barriers for civil participation and private lobby organizations are just some of the threats to the idea of democracy in a representative democracy.

This talk will first present how technology is being used to make western democracies more democratic. The use of open data, collaborative development, 3rd party access and free licenses are already transforming goverment as we know it. It will then present how these methods can separate policy and execution to transform the representative democracy into a Distributed Democracy.

Room 1