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Open source democracy presentation, Ola Tjornbo


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Open source democracy presentation, Ola Tjornbo

  1. 1. Open Source Democracy – Virtual problem solving and deliberation Ola Tjornbo Balsillie School of International Affairs
  2. 3. Open Source Democracy <ul><li>Rushkoff: “ We are heading not towards a toppling of the democratic, parliamentary or legislative processes, but towards their reinvention in a new, participatory context” </li></ul><ul><li>“ We move from simply following the law to understanding the law, to actually feeling capable of writing the law </li></ul>OPEN SOURCE RESILIENCE?
  3. 4. Virtual Social Networks (VSNs) <ul><li>Virtual social networks: groups of people who communicate using computing devices linked by non-physical ties </li></ul>
  4. 5. What can VSNs do? <ul><li>VSNs severely reduce the costs of communication and increase the scope of possible participation in networks, creating new possibilities for collaborative action and problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Polymath </li></ul><ul><li>Kiva </li></ul><ul><li>Mybarackobama </li></ul>
  5. 6. What can't VSNs do? <ul><li>Resolve real conflicts of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Sort good information from bad </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that people behave rationally </li></ul><ul><li>Provide face-to-face interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Prevent abuses of power </li></ul>
  6. 7. VSNs and Resilience: using VSNs to solve complex problems <ul><li>Building resilience involves challenges of ignorance, irrationality, coordination and power </li></ul>