17. Some Democratic Illusions• The mass: a mass or a micro?• Big numbers = objective information?• Wisdom of the crowd: does it represent thepopulation?• Does a ‘like’ influence decision?• Openness and participation = equality?• Participation = deliberation?
18. More Democratic Illusions• Towards which direction is the herd heading?• Is the individual voice lost being part of thewisdom of the crowd?• Demanding (uncontrollable) transparency –where do we stop?• Endless/Ubiquitous information – but whereis the power?
19. What Can we do?• Democracy by design• Increasing inclusive participation• Institutionalize the process of transformingparticipation to decision-making• Transparency-oriented applications• Collaboration: people, civil society, privatesector and government