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Democracy 2.0 - Asking the People in Syria for their Input

Democracy 2.0 - Asking the People in Syria for their Input | net democracy | Scoop.it
Before taking any further steps in Syria, why not ask the people in Syria what they want to happen?Sounds outlandish, but with a little imagination and some basic technologies, its completely possible.
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We need to design new spaces for citizens to voice their views and mobile phones are the best tool we have available. Drop the guns and change the tool so we reach better decisions across a broader spectrum. My only concern would be encrypting that info so syrian intelligence doesn't get hold of it. 

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Estonia's open-source voting is the future of democracy

Estonia's open-source voting is the future of democracy | net democracy | Scoop.it
Estonia publicly posted its code for online voting last week. This has very little to do with sharing software and everything to do with democracy. 
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The code of Estonia's software for electoral scrutiny is on Github! This is true openess. Making Democracy' OS open and transparent. 

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Estado de corrupción

Cartas desde Leipzig. Apenas nos quedan la pataleta pancartera, el escrache teledirigido y la indignación frente a las sedes de los “enemigos”. ...
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"Asumimos la mentalidad del rellenador de formularios y “hacedor de cruces en la casilla correcta”" La pregunta que nos tenemos que hacer es como nos involucramos en diseñar esos formularios. 

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How Net Parties Are Changing the Rules of Politics

How Net Parties Are Changing the Rules of Politics | net democracy | Scoop.it
The emergence of Partido X (Spain), Partido de la Red (Argentina), Red Sustentável (Brasil) and Wikipartido (Mexico) suggests a new era in politics, where Net parties incorporate open, horizontal processes like today's social movements.
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A group of political parties around the world are asking themselves the same question: If the Net is changing every aspect of society, how is it that democracy remains based on 19th Century form and technology?

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The Founding Fathers, The Declaration of Independence, and The Arab Spring

The Founding Fathers, The Declaration of Independence, and The Arab Spring | net democracy | Scoop.it
The Founding Fathers, The Declaration of Independence, and The Arab Spring We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certa...
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“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine

 
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Has the Arab spring failed?

Has the Arab spring failed? | net democracy | Scoop.it
ROUGHLY two-and-a-half years after the revolutions in the Arab world, not a single country is yet plainly on course to become a stable, peaceful democracy. The...

Via Matt Lieberman
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Interesting article of The Economist on the new uprisings in Egypt. No, the arab spring has not failed. The road ahead is bumpy, but once citizens empower themselves there is no going back. Is like learning how to read, you can't un-learn it. 

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CONSTITUTE!

CONSTITUTE! | net democracy | Scoop.it
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Google acaba de lanzar una nueva plataforma para poder compara fácilmente las 160 constituciones activas en el mundo. La tecnología nos permite acceder a información, compararla, visualizarla de maneras diferentes y así aprender de las experiencias de los demás. La información está organizada en 350 temas que van desde las responsabilidades del ciudadano hasta el rol del Ejecutivo.  El saber esta distribuido por todo el mundo, la red nos permite conectarnos con esa inteligencia colectiva, aprender de esa diversidad. Como decimos siempre desde el Partido de la Red: el primer paso es el acceso a la información, si no te enterás, no vas a poder participar de la discusión!  ¿Creen que es importante que los ciudadanos se sientan más dueños de las normas que regulan sus vidas?  El aporte: sería bueno que los textos estuvieran en inglés y en su idioma original.   

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Thousands take to the streets after opposition leader gunned down in Tunisia

Thousands take to the streets after opposition leader gunned down in Tunisia | net democracy | Scoop.it
Tunisian opposition member Mohamed Brahmi was shot dead in the capital Tunis on Thursday, six months after the murder of another secular politician sparked a political crisis. Thousands of secularists have poured out onto the streets in protest.
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Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government

The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub -- so why can't governments? In...
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How do we build the best arguments? Governments should look more into internet communities, to design better ways of drawing knowledge from the citizens. The best solutions are those where everyone has a chance to express themselves.

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Participatory governance: Democracy 2.0 | Dhaka Tribune

Participatory governance: Democracy 2.0 | Dhaka Tribune | net democracy | Scoop.it
Every citizen of a nation can share an opinion about the way the nation is being administered. Whether the thoughts deserve more serious contemplation is to be measured by the addressees with whom the idea has been shared.
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I have doubts about the feasibilty of this proposition and about the selection of the 40% outside of the political parties. Yet it's a very interesting read of someone thinking completely outside of the box in Bangladeshi Politics. 

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The Message of Brazil’s Youth

The Message of Brazil’s Youth | net democracy | Scoop.it
The young protesters in Brazil didn't know the bad times. But they are telling us that there is much still to do.
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This phrase "Democracy is not a commitment to silence" sums it in a nutshell. 

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