Google DC Talk – can they go beyond opinions and arrive to decisions?
December 23, 2008

Google D.C. Talks – Tech Agenda 2009: Creating New Opportunities for Open & Participatory Government  

Dec 12, 2008.


Panel II – “Changing Policy to Promote Open Government” 

Andrew McLaughlin (Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google), Chris Barkley (Office of the Hon. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma)), Meredith Fuchs (General Counsel, National Security Archive), Karina Newton (Director of New Media, Office of the Hon. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House), and John Wonderlich (Program Director, Sunlight Foundation).

 

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NextDemocracy: empowering the citizens to decide
November 26, 2008

This is the pitch of the idea of Next Democracy more or less in the form as was submitted to Google’s 10 to 100 competition.

 

One Sentence

Democracy, as done today, is a Stone Age technology in an Internet age society; with NextDemocracy we can DECIDE DIRECTLY on political issues.

 

The Itch (Issue Addressed)

With elections you buy everything in one big package. All the policies, behind-the-scenes agreements, friends and special relations come with the candidate and the party behind.

We elect representatives to make all the important decisions for us – instead of us – in the coming 4 years, and we can just hope, that the decisions are going to be good ones.

We do this, because – why exactly? Because we have so little time? Because information is so hard to get and so expensive to distribute? Because it is impossible to meet people to discuss the issues when you have a work and a family to look after?

The world has changed, the mechanism of democracy has not.

The way how democracy is done today is actually a Stone Age technology in an Internet age society. It is expensive, it is ineffective, and open to distraction or outright corruption.

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