52 minutes | May 29, 2019

18 Online Governance

We conduct nearly everything of consequence online: commerce, banking, medicine, employment, government benefits, journalism, advocacy, and more. Yet there's no single part of voting or legislation permitted on the Internet. Why in the age of telecommuting and cyrptocurrency do we still push papers into a box to make the most important decisions of all? Is there something sacred about the democratic process that should never be touched by the hackable tendrils of digital tabulation? Do we even need a representative government at all if every citizen's vote could be logged securely on a blockchain? And are we ready for a more "fluid democracy," where policies and leaders are not up for discussion every few years, but on a constant, rolling basis, via our connected devices? Maybe that's a more democratic future. Or maybe it's a recipe for mob rule and election trolling on an unprecedented scale. Listen to us try to bring our government kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
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