Computed Democracy

Created on Monday, January 2, 2006.
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So we know two things: that democracy is intended to give the lowest members of society a say in the running of the society, and that this can only be done if politicians represent the concerns of their constituents and nothing else.

I’ve already let fly at a party-oriented system of politics because it forces politicians to put the agenda of the party before that of the people they are supposed to be representing. A human is a weak choice for a legislator because it is, by nature, easily swayed and easily corrupted. An easy solution to this is: why not use computers?

Forget the apparent security concerns associated with such a solution. The idea has already been widely explored (think back to any stories you’ve heard about governing computers going mad and destroying civilisation), but the use of computers to replace benched politicians is sensible. By entering votes in a terminal, citizens could convey what needs to be fixed to a computer, which would then present it as a prioritised list to another computer which could explore the complexity of each change and present it to human legislators as a list ordered by demand and ease of implementation.

By listing what needs to be done it is easier for legislators to address otherwise hidden issues, and because the first items in the list are both high in demand and easy to implement, the public will feel progress. Excellent.

That's all there is, there isn't any more.
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