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Join date: Sep 3, 2022


There isn’t much we can agree on these days. But there are two broad propositions that can garner broad support. “We need to fix technology” and “We need to fix democracy”.

It is increasingly recognized that rapid technological development poses risks at the societal level. public and private control, large-scale automation of work, the rise of monopoly and oligopolistic power, stagnant productivity growth, algorithmic discrimination and catastrophic risks arising from such advances. such as artificial intelligence and biotechnology. Less discussed, but no less important, in my opinion, is the loss of potential progress that has no short-term or readable market benefits. These include vaccine development for emerging diseases and open source platforms for critical digital tools such as identity and communication.

At the same time that democracies stumble in the face of complex global challenges, citizens (and increasingly elected leaders) around the world are losing faith in democratic processes and falling under the influence of authoritarian alternatives. People’s-state democracies suffer to varying degrees from inertia and excessive partisanship, weak accountability to the will of the people, inefficiency, weak state capacity, failure to keep pace with evolving technology, and corporate capture. Although small-scale democratic practices are shared both locally and globally, they are still too fragmented to support subsequent large-scale governance decisions.

This puts us in trouble. Clearly, we can do a better job of channeling technological progress into the collective human good, which is perhaps one of the greatest challenges of our time. If democracy, as it already exists, is full of flaws, then there is no standard for it. Among the many calls for the “democratization of technology”, the following seems empty. given the multitude of grievances, why is one obviously failed system subject to another?

As we engage in everything from surveillance to space travel, we desperately need ways to collectively negotiate complex value trade-offs with global implications and ways to share their benefits. It certainly looks like a working democracy, albeit a better iteration. So how can we radically modernize democracy so that we can successfully move towards positive

To Fix Tech, Democracy Needs To Grow Up

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