How Technology could Empower Democracy

An always-on assessment platform for politicians and their decisions — utilizing blockchain and AI

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We need a way to empower the public opinion as a single voice, criticizing in a constructive way political actions, statements and decisions. Politicians must continuously feel the pressure as the result of their actions (or lack of) — not only via the established media networks and relationships with ‘journalists’, but also directly from the general population.

‘Running a country’ should be a measurable ‘project’ with predefined success criteria: there are well-defined micro and macro-economic metrics, social well-being KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), quantifiable strategic goals, global performance rankings, and measures of prosperity.

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A ‘barometer’ for politicians

Moving this further, we could establish an always-on channel reflecting not only the progress of the government and each politician against the pre-election political commitment, but also what people think for certain political actions, decisions, and behaviors: an online tool accessible by anyone on the planet, anytime, as often as needed — presenting the contribution and impact of every single politician and political party.

We need to empower the voice of citizens; to enable them assess and constructively criticize any politician, at any time; to contribute by submitting comments, ideas, suggestions; to question specific actions, thoughts, decisions and political attitudes

Technology can enable these scenarios, also with the use of analytical techniques and artificial intelligence to make sense and automatically summarize the massive continuous feedback by citizens.

A performance dashboard for each politician of the world summarizing popularity, consistency, effectiveness and other key performance metrics: A more objective assessment for politicians and their parties.

Politicians to get empowered as well

Each politician could have his/her own political timeline and powerful tools to communicate statements, decisions, thoughts, and intents. The timeline could also visualize trending metrics — what people believe and how they react on particular decisions, actions, statements made by the politicians.

‘Named opinions’ for politicians and their decisions

The platform could also support closed loops of named public figures expressing opinions on particular politicians and their decisions — also including 360 assessment — among politicians, within or between political parties, etc.

A single point of reference regarding politicians

APIs to offer ‘politician’s performance’ at any time — to embed in news sites, blogs, etc. Social media platforms when referencing a politician could enrich the user experience by integrating assessment metadata — the politician micro-dashboard.

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