Engaging Developments in Technology within the context of Political Apathy and Rising Totalitarianism By Matthew Erickson
INTRODUCTION otalitarianism seems to be rising across the world as quickly as global temperatures, and society seems at a loss to find appropriate solutions to ever more complex problems, ranging from a global environmental crisis to displaced populations.¹ I believe a part of the reason governments remain stagnant in an increasingly more dynamic world is because they employ 18th century governmental structures to address 21st century problems. Citizens around the world see that government is ineffective, and with political apathy on the rise globally, citizens have been
a part of the reason governments remain stagnant in an increasingly more dynamic world is because they employ 18th century governmental structures to address 21st century problems. 14
trying to find better ways to engage with politics.² Some solutions seem to present themselves through new forms of communication: grassroots movements to hold those in power accountable have been sprouting from social media, and it is now possible to fact check leaders in real time.³
I will describe a kind of democracy in which artificial intelligence plays a central role, which for the purposes of this paper I will refer to as “digitocracy.” However, I believe the rise in smart networks such as blockchain technology, the progression of data mining and the successes of artificial intelligence offer additional opportunities for modern governments, as well as dangers. This paper will propose how modern technology presents significant benefits to how governments are organized and how they do their job, while members of the R ebuttal staff will take the opposite stance. Through our dialectic, I hope that the reader will
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