Democracy 2.0: trust and incentives in digital communities


1. What are the issues that prevent the introduction of new-generation political platforms?

2. What new forms of political interaction can be enabled in digital communities?

3. What theoretical issues must be overcome in order to design better political process? 


How the entities of the numerical economy and the citizens will transform, alter or revolutionize the democratic process of our institutions and how citizens will be encouraged to participate into that process? 

3 different point of views

Historical approach

I. From an economical prospective:

The startups represent the intrusion of the numerical economy in the democratic process.

I.1 From an economical prospective:

The startups universe appears as being concentrated

Venture capitalist:  an investor who either provides capital to startup ventures or supports small companies that wish to expand but do not have access to equities markets. Venture capitalists are willing to invest in such companies because they can earn a massive return on their investments if these companies are a success. – Investopedia.

Startup: an organization forms to search a repeatable, scalable and profitable business model. – Steve Blanks.

--> It’s not yet a company!

"Code is law, architecture is politics" - Michael Nielsen

5p --> 3d: Data, Design and Distribution

Global venture capital investment in USA (2014): 52 billions > 10 billions in Europe

Value of venture capital investment in the USA (2015): 34 billions in California

Value of venture capital investments in the USA (2015): 27 billions in Silicon Valley

II. From an institutional prospective: 

Democracy 2.0 and a better understanding of the numerical world would lead to a legitimation of the present institutions.

II.1 From an institutional prospective: 

The analysis of our current administration models: 


12 regions, 101 departments, 36.000 cities



16 regions, 3 free states, 403 districts and 12.141 Municipalities

II.2 From an institutional prospective: 

 Policy makers have several tools to decelerate the influence of the numerical economies: 

Anti-trust laws: 

vertical desintegration or horizontal desintegration 

II.3 From an institutional prospective:

Government 2.0, the political institutions as a platform where citizens can directly act, propose and alter laws..

From a civic prospective: 

 Are citizens willing to accept a reinforcement of the political system while these new tools make them realize they can create new forms of organizations? 

III.2 From a civic prospective: 

Within the institutional system: the apparition of new requirements made by the prosumers. 

• The quality of the relationship and the quality of the content

• The dilemma of identity management: The respect of the privacy or the lack of effectiveness? 

III.3 From a civic prospective: 

Outside the institutional systems, the development of alternative forms of organizations. 

III.3 From a civic prospective:

²Outside the institutional systems, the development of alternative forms of organizations. 

Conclusions and discussions

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Democracy 2.0

by theophilezabeth


Public - 4/14/16, 7:05 AM