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Accelerating democracy : transforming governance through technology

Author: John O McGinnis
Publisher: Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Successful democracies throughout history--from ancient Athens to Britain on the cusp of the industrial age--have used the technology of their time to gather information for better governance. Our challenge is no different today, but it is more urgent because the accelerating pace of technological change creates potentially enormous dangers as well as benefits. Accelerating Democracy shows how to adapt democracy to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John O McGinnis
ISBN: 9780691151021 0691151024
OCLC Number: 792880985
Description: 213 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Chapter one: The ever expanding domain of computation --
Chapter two: Democracy, consequences, and social knowledge --
Chapter three: Experimenting with democracy --
Chapter four: Unleashing prediction markets --
Chapter five: Distributing information through dispersed media and campaigns --
Chapter six: Acclerating Ai --
Chapter seven: Regulation in an age of technological acceleration --
Chapter eight: Bias and democracy --
Chapter nine: De-biasing democracy --
Conclusion: The past and future of information politics.
Responsibility: John O. McGinnis.

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Shows how to adapt democracy to advanced information technologies that can enhance political decision making and enable us to navigate the social rapids ahead. This title demonstrates how these  Read more...

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"[McGinnis] shines an important light on a discussion that will only grow more lively as technology creates at once more opportunities and more challenges for government."-- Foreign Affairs "You can Read more...

 
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