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The Network at the Heart of Democracy

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Today's network, the internet, has already shown itself to be the agent of great change. In this talk I'm going to look at some of the new ways politics is coming to ordinary people and some of the incredible opportunities for the future. We have the potential to re-imagine the very core of our democratic system - but how can we do this without leaving people behind?

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The Network at the Heart of Democracy

  1. 1. The network at the heart of democracy Matthew Landauer OpenAustralia Foundation @matthewlandauer matthew@openaustralia.org
  2. 2. Implementation of Democracy The Past The Future The Present
  3. 3. “Form of government in which supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodic free elections...” http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/ 157129/democracy
  4. 4. 1. The Past
  5. 5. Stagecoach
  6. 6. How do you run a country with problems like that?
  7. 7. Representation
  8. 8. Our system of democracy is a mirror of the time in which it was created
  9. 9. 2. The Future
  10. 10. The last 250 years
  11. 11. The last 250 years
  12. 12. What kind of democracy is possible with these new technologies?
  13. 13. Representative democracy but not based on physical area
  14. 14. Direct democracy
  15. 15. Proxy voting
  16. 16. Warning
  17. 17. Is the Internet the same as two people talking to each other?
  18. 18. How do we get there?
  19. 19. Experiment
  20. 20. Transparency and information
  21. 21. 3. The Present
  22. 22. What is OpenAustralia? OpenAustralia.org is a non-partisan website run by a group of volunteers which aims to make it easy for people to keep tabs on their representatives in Parliament.
  23. 23. OpenAustralia Foundation
  24. 24. Non partisan
  25. 25. OpenAustralia.org
  26. 26. Near Future
  27. 27. So many possibilities
  28. 28. Voting
  29. 29. Committees
  30. 30. Bills
  31. 31. States & Territories
  32. 32. Video
  33. 33. Contacting politicians
  34. 34. Get involved
  35. 35. Join the Google Group openaustralia-dev Follow @openaustralia on twitter
  36. 36. Go to software.openaustralia.org
  37. 37. Join one of the upcoming Hackfests
  38. 38. Make something for OpenAustralia.org or Build something new using the data / API
  39. 39. Photo Credits http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Baureihe143.jpg http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Airbus_A380_blue_sky.jpg http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:IMG_9988.jpg http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Early_portable_tv.jpg http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lance-Armstrong-TdF2004.jpg http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Morse_Telegraph_1837.jpg http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bushtr82repro.JPG http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ericsson_bakelittelefon_1931.jpg http://www.flickr.com/photos/sylvar/348629926/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/transkamp/54371294/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/zhasper/3626373279/
  40. 40. Questions

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