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Implications for Democracy

In modern democracies, issues are aggregated into party platforms, and opinion polls are restricted to questions to which:

  • Those in power already know the answer to
  • Those in power are ready to hear the answer to
  • Those in power benefit from because they are divisive

computational sociology provides new opportunities to understand populations in their own words on the issues they are interested in discussing, while:

  • Retaining meaning and coherence lost in comment systems vulnerable to trolling

  • Avoiding the problems of 'comment box' systems where thousands of statements are submitted without any sense of who might be speaking for themselves, or for everyone

  • Scale systems and exercises of collective intelligence

  • Move agenda-setting power to the population

  • Disaggregate issues, increasing the signal for each

  • See: media coverage

  • See: ⚗️ Case studies

  • See: https://civichall.org/civicist/beyond-flatland-machine-learning-end-two-party-binary/

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