‘Hactivists’ are trying to reboot democracy from the bottom up with interactive voting apps

  • It was the Argentine capital where the platform was first rolled out in 2012 alongside a political group, the Net Party, which is committed to policies voted for on the DemocracyOS app.
  • Although the Net Party didn’t win any seats in its first election in 2013, the app was trialled by the Argentine Congress where it had some remarkable successes. “
  • DemocracyOS isn’t the only platform that would-be reformers such as Pane can choose from.
  • Pane had been thinking about his own idea for a system of digital democracy for the past few years, since he first heard about DemocracyOS. He decided to contact Pia Mancini directly and she put him in touch with British model-turned-entrepreneur Lily Cole.
  • There’s no point in trying to reinvent the wheel,” he says, “when I can use DemocracyOS and champion this platform in the UK faster.

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@lechappeevolee: “Les hacktivistes rebattent les cartes de la démocratie Le talk @santisiri #echappee16”


At the front of a packed auditorium, a young woman is speaking eloquent English in an Argentinian accent. She’s telling her audience about 19th-century politics and explaining how the phrase “no taxation without representation” came to be coined. She isn’t a university lecturer, and her subject isn’t history. Her name is Pia Mancini, a technology revolutionary who is demanding an end to democracy as we know it.


‘Hactivists’ are trying to reboot democracy from the bottom up with interactive voting apps

It’s called ‘blockchain’ and it could be a game changer

  • It’s basically the register of all bitcoin transactions, like a bank ledger.
  • So while you can expect to see blockchain technology used at your bank, it looks like it’s not about to replace the ballot box.
  • When you make a transaction using traditional money, bank ledgers are updated to reflect where the money has come from and where it’s gone.
  • It’s this idea of “banking without banks” that has naturally got the interest of … banks.
  • Photo: “It’s banking without banks, and money without money.”

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@Stardustau: “It’s called ‘#blockchain’ and it could be a game changer via @ABCNews #computing #economics #technology #science”


Banks are trialling it. The ASX is investing in it. Politicians have talked it up. The question is, what is it?


It’s called ‘blockchain’ and it could be a game changer