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The E-Democracy Institute of Santa Cruz
Re-Envisioning Local Government

What is E-Democracy?

E-Democracy combines a direct democracy form of government with the power of the internet. It taps into the unlimited potential of  mobile, communication, data and security technologies to make democracy real-time, dynamic, accessible, engaging, convenient, participatory, safe and, above all, equal and fair. Our E-Democracy proof-of-concept will operate through a software application developed and licensed by the nonprofit, First Amendment Rights Preservation Society, Inc. (FARPS). In short, E-Democracy returns decision-making power back to the individual rather than granting it to corrupt and self-serving political parties and their representatives, greedy special interest groups, masters-of-the-universe globalists and ego-maniacal billionaires.

What is the E-Democracy Institute? *
Headquartered in Santa Cruz, California, the E-Democracy Institute is a political think tank whose primary aim is to develop and advance E-Democracy technologies and direct democratic systems for the purpose of decentralizing collectivist power structures and redistributing that power into the hands of individuals to ensure that the "will of the people" steers our institutions rather than and a small cabal of the greedy and powerful. 

Why Revive An Ancient Form of Government Now?
Technology as the Game-Changer
Why Free Peoples Must Be Wary of It, Then Must Harness It

From globalization to digitization, governments, multi-national corporations and the elite classes quickly recognized that an historic moment was upon them as guardians of the world...and they seized the moment like hungry wolves fighting over the spoils of a kill. For the world had become saturated with mobile devices attached to the hips of nearly every individual on the planet. Like homing beacons, these devices became massive data sinks for human activity that could be stored permanently onto not just terrabytes of hard drives, but petabytes, exabytes, zettabytes, yottabytes and brontobytes, then processed by advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence systems to paint portraits of our behaviors. Like Santa Claus, our overseers knew if we were being bad or good--and much, much more. They learned what makes us "tick" at an individual level. China, the undisputed leader in human rights abuses, went so far as developing a "social credit score system" that yields, among other things, a citizen's "trustworthiness." How this score will be used against the average citizen is too frightening to hypothesize. Certainly the US government, in conjunction with Big Tech, won't be too far behind.

Yet, while monitoring human activity and behaviors is powerful in its own right, there is a more powerful, yet-to-be-tapped application lurking beneath
this technology--the power of triggering and manipulating our choices and behaviors.
The sky is the limit: pop-up ads tailored to our buying behaviors, repetitive messaging and censorship to turn lies into truth, voter manipulation, vilification of undesirable political elements, etc. For world governments whose survival is dependent on control of the masses, the opportunity is simply too game-changing to pass up. So, the stealthy collusion between Big Government, Big Tech, Big Entertainment, and Big Everything began. It was a quid quo pro bonanza in which all sides share in the spoils. As industry consolidations move forward, power is more heavily concentrated into fewer hands, more easily leveraged in coordinated action. The simply rig the system for their benefit and throw us a few bones when the collateral damage they create from their self-serving policies is realized. As life always mimics a zero end-game with winners and losers, the losers are the rest of us who know that we are being tracked and manipulated by our government, by multi-national corporations and by multi-billionaires, yet are helpless to do anything about it. But, there is a response available to the powerless. The best part about it is that it leverages the same technology that the power class uses against us, by denying them this tyrannical power they hold over us.

When Lord Acton (1834–1902) coined the phrase, "power tends to corrupt, absolute power corrupts absolutely,"
he had no way of envisioning that tyrants would soon no longer need armies to suppress and control the masses, but something far less brutal--a wolf in sheep's clothing, if you will. On January 1, 1983, the internet was formally launched to the public...and the wolf was released from its cage.

How Would An E-Democracy Operate?
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Like an appendage, an e-democracy "node" (e.g. district, city, or county) is designed to "piggy back" onto an existing representative form of government. In this sense, the node is not a pure, direct democracy, self-governing itself independently from the rest of the community, but takes advantage of existing government infrastructure, resources and policy instruments to do most of the heavy lifting for it. One can think of a direct democracy node as a sleeping baby--it only wakes up when it requires
something essential--something of importance to it. What "essential" means in this context is an issue that reaches some pre-established viral threshold of community interest that induce a node's populace to debate and vote. The outcome is passed onto the elected proxy to pass on this vote. When no issue reaches viral status, the system of government acts identically to a representative democracy, with the proxy changing hats to become a representative who forms his own judgements and cast votes that align with the E-democracy platform principles. just as would a Republican or Democrat vote according to the party's platform and objectives.

Who Owns the IP Rights?

The nonprofit, First Amendment Rights Preservation Society, Inc., creates the Software Requirements Specification and deploys resources to develop and the E-Democracy software solution, thereby being the exclusive owner of the relevant intellectual property rights.
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