“Open Source Democracy: How online communication is changing offline politics” by Douglas Rushkoff. What, asks Douglas Rushkoff in this original essay for Demos, would happen if the ‘source code’ of our democratic systems was opened up to the people they are meant to serve? ‘An open source model for participatory, bottom-up and emergent policy will force us to confront the issues of our time,’ he answers.
That’s a profound thought at a time when governments are recognising the limits of centralised political institutions. The open source community recognises that solutions to problems emerge from the interaction and participation of lots of people, not by central planning.
Rushkoff challenges us all to participate in the redesign of political institutions in a way which enables new solutions to social problems to emerge as the result of millions interactions. In this way, online communication may indeed be able to change offline politics.
Table of Contents
- From Moses to modems:Demystifying the storytelling and taking control
- Electronic community:From birth to backlash
- The opportunity for renaissance
- Networked democracy
- Open source:Imagining network democracy
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