From Complexity Digest – From remote-controlled to self-controlled citizens

From the Complexity Digest Blog feed I always find something interesting. Worth to repost here today.

This is featured article from the European Physical Journal special topics. It is and essay from authors from ETH Zürich (Switzerland) and the Dutch Delft University of Technology and it is about the current ongoing digital/IT revolution in technology and economics that increase the need for better ethical systems. It may be reviewed deeper and better in a later post here in The Information Age.

Especially appealing is the figure depicted bellow, after the abstract,  with a description of the political impacts of digital technologies in the relationship between Governments and citizens. The four points are all relevant.

From remote-controlled to self-controlled citizens


The digital revolution will make data abundant and cheap. Moving from a time of darkness into a digital age with information overload, we will need suitable filters. However, those who build these filters will determine what we see. This creates possibilities to influence people’s decisions such that they become remotely controlled rather than make their decisions on their own. Since omnibenevolent rule cannot be supposed and top-down control is flawed for several reasons, another approach is needed. It can be found with distributed control, collective intelligence and participation. “Nervousnet” will be presented as a feasible specimen of a Citizen Web.


Source: From remote-controlled to self-controlled citizens



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