A technological vision for resetting democracy.
Why Democratic Reset?
Our democratic systems are not working.
A lack of transparency and truth have left democracy behind, unfit to tackle humanity’s biggest challenges.
- We must act now to fix global issues that will impact future generations.
- Democratic systems have not evolved with the world around them and are not currently fit for purpose to combat humankind’s biggest challenges such as climate change, disease, famine and poverty.
- If democracies do not evolve, they will lose the global power struggle to authoritarian regimes.
- Full democracy is a key ingredient of ethical government.
- There is a transitional and evolutionary path for democracy that is not a revolution.
- Those who seek to evolve the system must be neutral – we must embrace all people of different political persuasions and ideologies.
- Gross inefficiency due to media corruption and fake news.
Government resource shifted from the legislation to ‘spin doctoring’.
- Election frequency driving short term policies.
The never ending popularity contest hampers attempts to implement essential long term strategic policies.
- Loss of faith from the electorate.
The electorate have lost faith and are disillusioned with the system setting up the conditions for a dangerous wave of populist authoritarianism.
- Levels of democracy in decline.
A loss of truth and transparency – particularly during elections!
- Rid the election process of fake news, and excessive media influence.
- Set up conditions that support long term strategic polices.
- Stop politicians and media lying (particularly during elections).
- Get rid of election manifestos that have no chance of being fulfilled.
- Ensure discussions on the economy are largely judged using impartial mathematical modelling.
- Politicians can focus on the job.
- Greater tolerance for long term strategic policies (they might be tough).
- The trust of the electorate is regained.
- Parties will be forced to set out more clear and achievable goals.
- The people can’t be fooled by someone offering ‘free money’.
- Levels of Democracy will increase.
- General Elections can focus on political ideology.
A trusted, objective, very rapid fact checker to keep the playing field level and politicians and media trustful.
- It roughly looks like:
- Super-powered AI (available in about 5-10 years).
- Utilising data from digitised freedom of information.
- With access to the entire internet and other data sources.
- It’s designed to validate statements that are purported as fact:e.g. “We could invest £350 million per week in the NHS if we Brexit”. AI says “5% chance this is true”.
- We trust it because:
- The data sources, logical steps and mathematics used to compute each conclusion are documented.
- Stored using distributed computing (similar to blockchain).
- Made available for anyone to audit.
- It’s not owned by Google, Facebook or the government.
Key Subject Matters & Informed Consent
A mechanism to ‘check in’ with the electorate that retains necessary power in the house with elected politicians.
- Key Subject Matters that require Informed Consent are identified and given a ‘Weighting’. They are either mandatory or are part of general election manifestos.
- When a government wishes to pass legislation on a Key Subject Matter the electorate must be consulted through Informed Consent.
- Any member of the electorate can vote on the legislation but they need to study and pass a test to ensure they are ‘informed’.
- The result of the public vote is either for or against and carries a number of votes (Weighting).
- The Weighting varies based on the Key Subject Matter.
- These votes are then added to the votes of the house.
Returning General Elections to what they should be about, leaving detailed policy decisions to be decided at the relevant time.
- The Objective Validator makes election build up more transparent, less influenceable by the media.
- The continual consultation with the electorate throughout a term of government through informed consent may mean that we can increase the term of each government helping to create the conditions for implementation of long term strategies.
- Some will fear the ‘informed’ nature of the Informed Consent is discriminatory, but currently we have ZERO consent so let’s make an incremental improvement.
- General Elections will be able to focus on the key differentiators of the parties:
- Political ideology
- The level of wealth redistribution
- What is a Key Subject Matter requiring informed consent
- How much ‘Weighting’ for each Key Subject Matter