Summary of How to Upgrade Democracy for the Internet Era

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What if political participation were as easy as using an app on your phone? Political activist Pia Mancini and her colleagues developed an open-source web application, DemocracyOS, that enables users to gather information easily, debate the issues and inform politicians how they’d like their elected officials to vote. getAbstract highly recommends this glimpse at what democracies may look like when they finally receive a long overdue upgrade.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How current democratic systems inhibit political participation,
  • How citizens can use digital technologies to take part in the political process worldwide, and
  • How a web application and a new political party have begun to change the status quo in Argentina.

About the Speaker

Political activist Pia Mancini is the co-founder of DemocracyOS, an app that fosters political participation, and Partido de la Red (Net Party), an Argentine political party.



Although the Internet allows citizens to engage cheaply and easily in global conversations, political systems continue to use information processes that are centuries old. Once people...

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