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Accelerating DemocracyTransforming Governance Through Technology$
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John O. McGinnis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151021

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151021.001.0001

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The Ever Expanding Domain of Computation

The Ever Expanding Domain of Computation

(p.9) Chapter One The Ever Expanding Domain of Computation
Accelerating Democracy

John O. McGinnis

Princeton University Press

This chapter makes the case that because of computational advances, the world is changing fast, perhaps faster than at any other time in human history. The increasing pace of change could potentially generate social turbulence and instability. However, computational advances are also driving advances in information technology, from the growth and deepening of the Internet, to the burgeoning power of empirical methods, to the increasing capability of artificial intelligence. The key to improving governance is to bring politics within the domain of such information technology. Only a politics that exploits the latest fruits of the computational revolution can manage the disruption that this revolution is bringing to the social world.

Keywords:   computer, computational advances, governance, technological acceleration, politics

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