Secure Democratic Election Technology
Of all the tools human beings use to make decisions, there is one that is one that is highly effective in capturing the will of large populations of people: Democracy. Though the current democratic systems of government are flawed, corrupt, and easily swayed by financial incentives, they appear to be the most fertile ground from which we could grow the foundation for a Type One Planet. The question is, how do we make our democracy truly resilient, unquestionably reliable, and dynamically receptive to new and innovative ideas on how we can redesign our civilization for centuries to come. Bruce Schneier is a person who has dedicated his life to these questions. He is a public-interest technologist, a cryptographer, and a computer security specialist. He is a fellow and lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and a board member at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is dedicated to defending digital privacy, free speech, and innovation.
In his books, articles, and lectures, Bruce has classified Democracy as an Information System that faces a crucial dilemma: In order to exist, Democracies depend on the free flow of accurate information, empowering their citizens to make informed voting decisions, provide policy input, and hold officials accountable. At the same time, information flows can be manipulated to undermine democracy by allowing the unchecked spread of propaganda and pseudo facts. In the dawn of advanced technology like the internet, automation, and machine learning, this manipulation has begun to test the tensile strength of democracy.
In order to survive, the model of democracy must evolve. Let’s explore how that evolution is possible, and what it could look like in the modern technological age.