Can we govern ourselves in a digital age? A Truthloader LIVE debate with Birgitta Jónsdóttir





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Published on Jan 25, 2013

In September 2011 the Occupy movement set up in Zucotti Park in New York and their idea of disobedience became a global story. Though it was difficult to define the message of occupy, at the heart of it was a discontent for the status quo, it was a crying out for something NEW. A move away from a system that had put economic, political and social power in the hands of the wealthiest one per cent of the population, leaving everyone else feeling left out of the the process.

In the UK, voter turnout took a nosedive after the 1997 election, sure it's making a recovery but is it reasonable to assume that people are currently turned off of politics? The vibrancy of the occupy movement led people to ask some serious questions about the democracies we live in. Who does the system serve? Who writes the laws that govern us and who do they benefit?

The Internet has given us a glimpse of a world without power structures, with true freedom of expression, a place where everyone can feel like they're having an impact, they can be creative and seek out their own information. Is it possible that we could develop a system using the open access and free flowing principles of the internet to actually govern ourselves? It's an idea that people are seriously thinking about, there's of jolitics, a community and website experimenting with these ideas, there's the rise of internet politics in the Pirate Party, and there's Avaaz using crowdsourcing to huge political impact. Then of course there's Iceland, there is plenty of stuff going on in Iceland, where a brand new constitution was crowd-sourced all from the uncertainty that followed the financial crisis. One lady who is at the heart of those massive political changes in Iceland, and was also involved in Wikileaks, is Birgitta Jonsdottir, and she'll be joining us here on Truthloader for a live debate.

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