Using technology and online tools to empower democracy efforts in countries where democracy is new or has a bad image

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Summary of the Problem:

How can tech and online tools empower democracy efforts in countries where democracy is new or has a bad image?

• Denial-of-Service attacks

• Monopolies on mobile and data sharing with authorities. Not many are using data

• People don’t understand why they need democracy

• Crisis and unusual situations require different tools and strategies


Summary of the Proposed Solution:

• Work with groups before elections - journalists & mobiles

• Teach about what democracy is and why it’s good via grassroots

• Demonstrations/flash mobs representing real democracy

• Sites on democracy issues: transparency, participation, accountability


Technology to Solve the Problem:

During Crisis Situations

• Mirror sites

• Proxies


During Normal Times

• Facebook

• Bluetooth movies/music

• Social networks

• Email

• SMS\MMS

• Blogging

• YouTube


Existing solutions or relevant links:

http://influenceexplorer.com/

http://chemikucha.ge/

http://transparency-watch.org/


Follow-on Actions:

• Trainings for NGOs and journalists

• Discussion sessions on democracy issues

• Spread information on portals