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In 1931, Aldous Huxley conceived of a world unimaginable to those who lived in his time. This vision, albeit dystopian, rested on a fundamental restructuring of the foundations on which society was established. …


People hear what they want to hear. And that’s especially true with Facebook.

When I think back to my attitude towards Donald Trump, it began with my Newsfeed. I remember seeing article upon article about how he was a racist, sexist, islamophobic, sexually assaulting bigot. Many of the articles I…


No. Compulsory anything in America is too tough and too politically costly to implement. We just had a fight over compulsory healthcare which every other OECD country on earth has, and it’s proven to give better results, yet we still complained about it violating our fundamental freedoms.

The American way…


UGBA 39E Final Project

For our final project, we came up with potential innovations that would tackle the perceived overly-bureaucratic administrative system of the University of California, Berkeley.

We quickly came to the conclusion that transparency needed to be the at the center of our solution. As one of the members of the Student…


Near Doe Libary from my instagram: @ali_wetrill

I want to take a second for us to stop panicking about the fact that we have a President Trump. Instead let’s think about how we have such partisan vitriol throughout our country, and not just in Washington. How did we get here? …


Icelandic Crowdsourced Constitution — Promotional Picture

It’s not about what you do, it’s about how you do it

I’m not sure who exactly said that, but it encapsulates the theme of political (and therefore constitutional) reform. Reflecting on this article, it presents the Tunisian constitution as more ‘progressive’ than the US’s, it was written in 2014…


A GOTV strategy is crucial. After all, it stands for ‘Get Out the Vote’ and without votes, you’d be hard pressed to win an election. But what’s surprised me from this week’s readings is the lack of coverage on the evolution of the process.

Some background: In both 2008 and…


Hacking an election is absurdly easy. Here’s how.

For those of us who envision voting online with the click of a button, this poses serious challenges. Although there is already plenty of voter suppression, through strict voter ID laws, lack of polling places, or unreasonable voter registration deadlines, there’s something…


Are people really just not that interested? A study by Google’s Civic Innovation research group gives a more precise metric — 48.9% of American’s are ‘interested bystanders.’ Reading the key elements of what characterizes these people makes me believe that you can start calling them a customer segment. After reading…


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Is the future of politics a platform based technology? Blockchain technology seems to be that technological breakthrough that upends traditional representative democracy through secure direct voting. …

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