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Maverick* Research: Reboot Politics — How Netproxy Democracy Is Changing the Face of Government

Published: 29 October 2015

ID: G00277486

Analyst(s): Mary Mesaglio, Brian Burke

Summary

A shift is occurring to a more participatory form of representative democracy that leverages technology and proxy voting to drive party policy — a netproxy democracy. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

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Analysis

  • *Maverick Research
  • Netproxy Democracy Is Gaining Momentum as a Political Force With Early Adoption in Italy and Spain
  • New Technologies Are Emerging to Support Citizen Participation in the Democratic Process
  • Netproxy Democracy Faces Many Political and Technical Roadblocks
    • Effective Governance Needs More Than Populism Alone
    • Beware of the Tyranny of the Majority
    • Representatives May Be Required to Represent the Will of the Nation's People, Not Just Their Local Constituency
    • Most Internet Tools Lack the Security and Fraud Protection to Win the People's Trust

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