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Open Government and Networked European Democracy

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Presentation by Anthony Zacharzewski at Open Belgium 2018 - http://2018.openbelgium.be/session/open-government-and-networked-european-democracy

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Open Government and Networked European Democracy

  1. 1. The Democratic Society @demsoc Networked Democracy 1.0
  2. 2. @demsoc Everyone knows traditional politics is in trouble
  3. 3. @demsoc Falling turnouts ... Years of highest and lowest election turnout since 1945 in selected mature democracies* 50 60 70 80 90 100 1945 1958 1971 1984 1997 2010 Highest Lowest Highest turnouts all before 1980 All but 2 lowest turnouts after 1995
  4. 4. @demsoc ... low trust in politicians ... 0 % 25 % 50 % 75 % 100 % Parliament Civil service 83 %86 % 17 %14 % Would trust Would not trust Journalists Politicians generally Ministers Business leaders Trade union officials Civil servants Pollsters Man in the street Police TV News Scientists Priests Judges Academics Teachers Doctors -75 -50 -25 0 25 50 75 100 Net %ge saying a member of that profession/ group “would tell the truth” DON’T TRUST DO TRUST
  5. 5. @demsoc ... and general apathy.
  6. 6. @demsoc Politics is becoming a hobby ... Image: Trainspotter (Wikimedia Commons)
  7. 7. @demsoc ... and not a very popular one. 0 1 2 3 4 N ationalTrust RSPB GM B unionTolkein Society Conservatives Glastonbury* Labour CTC (Cycling)Lib Dem s Membership of selected UK organisations, 2009 Source: News reports 2007-9 and corporate websites. * Glastonbury = 2008 attendance members(millions)
  8. 8. @demsoc But elsewhere …
  9. 9. @demsoc … adverts say we can take a stand ... ... by buying a bar of soap
  10. 10. @demsoc We can change the world ... ... by using a computer operating system
  11. 11. @demsoc Everywhere, you can have it your way ...
  12. 12. @demsoc ... tell people what you think.
  13. 13. @demsoc This is the age of mass personalisation
  14. 14. @demsoc It’s the triumph of democracy
  15. 15. @demsoc So what’s wrong with politics?
  16. 16. @demsoc People want to engage ... German poll: Open Europe 2009. EU poll: Eurobarometer 1997 (EU = 1997 member states) Photos: World Naked Bike Ride Brighton (Nick Sayers), Tea Party Day protest, Orlando (Instapundit), “Downtown for all” campaign lobbying Seattle City Council, 2006 (Real Change)
  17. 17. @demsoc …but when politicians want to be open ...
  18. 18. @demsoc ... the system hasn’t changed fast enough.
  19. 19. @demsoc If you’re used to personalisation ... Vote that guy off Big Brother Ten seconds Tell that columnist that he’s an idiot One minute Have my burger without mayonnaise Five minutes Buy made-to-measure jeans One week
  20. 20. @demsoc ... politics is always going to disappoint Vote that guy off Big Brother Ten seconds Tell that columnist that he’s an idiot One minute Have my burger without mayonnaise Five minutes Buy made-to-measure jeans One week Change a government policy I don’t like Four years, if you’re lucky
  21. 21. @demsoc The Internet has not built our new Athens… Hold still ! I can’t read Facebook if you jiggle it Photo: Marble at Getty Villa, Santa Monica (Simon Bisson/Flickr)
  22. 22. @demsoc …but it has driven a huge social change. Photo: Social graph (Amber Case/Flickr)
  23. 23. @demsoc What started as broadcast …
  24. 24. @demsoc … and shifted to consultation …
  25. 25. @demsoc … needs to become networked.
  26. 26. @demsoc Our project !"#
  27. 27. @demsoc Our questions • How can we talk about the future? • How can we translate human into policy and back again? • How can we find the local networks? • How can we make this an everyday event? • How can we make the conversations fair and open?
  28. 28. @demsoc Anthony Zacharzewski ajz10@demsoc.org / @anthonyzach

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