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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 | Scoop.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.

 





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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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The city as network - Social Physics | #dataviz #UrbanFlows

The city as network - Social Physics | #dataviz #UrbanFlows | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Traditionally, cities have been viewed as the sum of their locations – the buildings, monuments, squares and parks that spring to mind when we think of ‘New York’, ‘London’ or ‘Paris’. In The new science of cities (Amazon US| Amazon UK), Michael Batty argues that a more productive approach is to think of cities in terms of …

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And there you have it.

 

The blue prints for understanding empirically a city, a society, a nation.

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luiy's curator insight, March 23, 2014 8:16 AM

Cities and network analysis.

 

Viewing cities as networks allows us to use the toolbox of network analysis on them, employing concepts such as ‘cores’ and ‘peripheries’, ‘centrality’, and ‘modules’. Batty says that an understanding of how different types of network intersect will be the key that really unlocks our understanding of cities.

 

Cities, like many other types of network, also seem to be modular, hierarchical, and scale-free – in other words, they show similar patterns at different scales. It’s often said that London is a series of villages, with their own centres and peripheries. but the pattern also repeats when you zoom out and look at the relationships between cities. One can see this in the way that London’s influence really extends across Europe, and in the way that linked series of cities, or ‘megalopolises‘, are growing in places such as the eastern seaboard of the US, Japan’s ‘Taiheiyō Belt‘, or the Pearl River Delta in China.

sandra alvaro's curator insight, March 24, 2014 8:48 AM

Flows are not just the connectors between these important locations. Rather, the locations become important because – at least in part – they’re at the intersections.

Pierre Levy's curator insight, March 24, 2014 9:24 AM

By the way, geographs knew this a long time ago.