Digital Democracy: Transparent Governance or Tyranny of the Majority

Much was made of the then candidate Obama's use of the Internet to fuel his successful campaign for the presidency. Through the use of Web 2.0 technologies, his campaign was able to raise unprecedented levels of money, organize a grassroots organization that spanned 50 States and included more than 3M self-identified volunteers, and facilitated discussions across communities. The President now intends to bring this same level of online deliberation to the White House. But can - and should - this work? Many view the use of Web-based technologies as a new method to "end run" the Washington bureaucracy?

Festival: 2009

Watch and Listen: Technology

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