Democracy and Technology
Bridging the gap between Democracy and Technology
We are living in an era of Social Networks. Social Media is the third biggest technology revolution after Internet and Mobile. Currently, 18.74% population of our country is using some sort of Social Networks.
Nowadays, people are using Social Networks to have fun with their friends and family members, connecting to their professional network, even finding jobs etc.
25.51% population of India will be using Social Networks by the end of the year 2021.
There is a very interesting political side to these social networks. Whenever you move around them and stumble upon some posts from politicians and government officials, you can find a huge set of people complaining, advising, querying or simply ranting about various issues. This shows us a very interesting side of Indian Population. Apart from having fun with their friends and family, they are very much interested in their society and nation as a whole.
Based on our research, about 65% comments below posts from politicians belongs to this category i.e. complaints, suggestions, queries, etc. related to issues in the society.
About 65% comments below posts from politicians are complaints, suggestions, queries, etc. related to issues in the society.
World’s Largest Democracy
We are living in India, world’s largest democracy. What could be the reason behind calling our nation as world’s largest democracy? Is it because it is the democracy with the largest population or something else? The population may be a valid reason for calling us world’s largest democracy, but the real reason is our constitution. According to the 73rd and 74th amendment to our constitution, special decision-making powers were granted to local rural and urban government. It was one of the biggest decentralisation of power in history of humanity.
But even after such constitutional amendments, the power still is centralised to only some individuals within the system. People doesn’t show their interest either because of lack of knowledge or time to physically engage in decision-making system.
The 73rd and 74th constitutional amendments were passed by the Parliament in 1992.
Advent of Technology
With the advent of technology in recent years, we again have the power to be included in the decision-making system. It’s good that we are connecting with our friends and family members, it’s good, it’s fun but it’s not enough. It’s not enough to share your problems with your friends and family members in order to solve them.
Instead, we should share these problems with people who are really around us i.e. our neighbours, society members, people who vote along with us in elections. Then only there is a possibility that our voice will be heard in a proper manner.
Social Network for Voters
Imagine a social network where we can start a discussion on an issue that we really care about. We can find out what’s the opinion of people who vote along with us. When there is a certain conclusion which can be drawn out of that debate i.e. solution to an issue. Then you can also receive inputs from your representatives i.e. Mayor, Corporator, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) or Member of Parliament (MP).
YourMarch is an online platform which empowers voter to influence politics and government policies along with fellow voters while using game mechanics to encourage and rewards them for participation.
YourMarch is a civic social network which lets people who care about issues and politics engage in civic discussion and debate to empower them to influence politics and government policies. Voters can start a debate on various levels i.e. Ward, City, State or Central on the issue that they care about. Voters will get inputs from their representatives in the case of high engagement debates.
I would like to welcome you to join us and become a part of the change. This is an attempt from our side to bridge the gap between democracy and technology via bringing them on the same plate.
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Aman Gupta is Co-founder & CEO of YourMarch. He is working with his team on this disruptive platform to bring governance and technology on the same plate. He is very passionate about the way technology can be used to disrupt old models of democracy where the contribution of citizens was limited.
This article originally appeared in YourMarch Official Blog “Several People are discussing”.