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Could decentralized networks help save democracy? - Phys.Org

Could decentralized networks help save democracy? - Phys.Org | It Comes Undone-Think About It |

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan disrupted communications between his opponents when he shut down Twitter during the run-up to the country's recent election. But in doing so, he provided yet more proof of how flawed social web activism can be. Whether the lessons in Turkey are heeded could have serious consequences for democracy.


Via jean lievens
Eli Levine's insight:

There's got to be a program to help this along.


Honestly, it's not like not having control over things is mutually exclusive to maintaining power, authority and influence within a society.  Yes, you can't just force things upon people like you once did.  Technically it's never been easy to force things on people that is not organic to what they're already willing to do, if it's not feasible in the first place.  That's possibly how Attaturk was able to force a whole new alphabet and style of dress on his people and America can't even get themselves on the metric system.


But this seems like an easily solvable problem, if some people with coding proficiency got together to come up with a new program or app that can exist on a device without having the central framework that can be shut down. 


Something that simply exists on a computer and can communicate with similar chat programs without having to deal with Turkey's centralized Internet or phone companies.


I'm sure it can be done.


And my willingness to abet in such a program, in spite of someone who has aspirations to be in political power and influence in the future, is just more evidence of how confident I am that it is possible to govern a population through kindness, respect, benevolence, effective action with the ability for the general public to be able to snuff you out in the night.  If you're governing well, then you have nothing really to worry about other than the odd crazy person or incident that will always be there.


When the government is more preoccupied with its own survival over the needs of its own people, then it is a sign as to how weak, incompetent and poorly prioritized the government's members are and how desperately they need to change for their own sakes at the very least.  If they cannot or will not change, then it would behoove them to step aside and let someone or something else govern, because that move would save them a lot of time, energy, effort and hassle, not to mention from the anger and wrath of the general public.


It's coming.


I'm shocked that no one seems to care or notice.


And, should one of the main powder kegs blow, the rest of the system will blow too, leaving the world to struggle again from the beginning, as a result of the stupidity and vanity of the current set of inbred elites.


Think about it.

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Rio+20: Jeffrey Sachs on how business destroyed democracy and virtuous life

Rio+20: Jeffrey Sachs on how business destroyed democracy and virtuous life | It Comes Undone-Think About It |
The world famous economist on corporate control, the search for happiness and why a multi-disciplinary approach is the only way to find solutions to sustainability challenges...


Excellent article from the Guardian's Sustainable Business blog.

Via Willy De Backer
Eli Levine's insight:

It will be taken back.


Society will either die or not stand for this stuff.  There is no room for a middle way between survival and death.


Think about it.

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4 New Ways Of Thinking That Should Shape The Next Century Of Cities | #Collaborative #urban #data

4 New Ways Of Thinking That Should Shape The Next Century Of Cities | #Collaborative #urban #data | It Comes Undone-Think About It |
In order to thrive over the next century cities will have to change. Here's how.


Last week, the Ditchley Foundation in Oxford, England, hosted over 30 academics, practitioners, government, and non-governmental organization leaders from five continents to contemplate the rapid urbanization of the globe and address challenges and opportunities across multiple geographies, economies, and political landscapes.


Visit the link to find specific insights and processes that could significantly shape how we think about global cities over the next century.

Via Lauren Moss, Claude Emond, luiy
Eli Levine's insight:

Fascinating, and intuitive.


A nation is just a network of cities, connected economically, socially and culturally.  A region of the world is just a network of interlaced economic forces that can either be for the benefit (the EU or ECOWAS) or the detriment (NAFTA) of the people who live in the territories under the given region.  The same could be said about strategic partnerships (NATO or the AU).


Combine it all together, and you've got the planet.


"The control of a large force is the same principle as the control of a few men: it is merely a question of dividing up their numbers."       -Sun Tzu


What works on the city level may be applicable to the nation, the region and the world as a whole.


Think about it.

Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, December 17, 2013 5:27 PM

The Internet, big data, and social media should result in more responsive planning, better service delivery, and broader citizen engagement. Technology should redefine transportation to seamlessly marry centrally scheduled buses and trains with more spontaneous options such as car and bike sharing, as well as the informal systems of cabs, motorcycles, and rickshaws that dominate in many developing countries. Ubiquitous, open public, and private data should make human health and well-being as easily and regularly measured as GDP.

luiy's curator insight, March 6, 2014 8:32 AM



We still seem to be looking at our 21st-century cities largely through a 20th-century lens. This is limiting the alchemy, not catalyzing it. Urban planning remains largely focused just on the physical environment, not on socio-economic results. Community is moving towards becoming a question of 'geographic cohesion,' not geographic place in a traditional sense. There was great conversation about not trying to retrofit old models of working, but rather adapting the way people and cities work with newly available channels and technologies.