Daniel Halliday
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How can democracy be encouraged worldwide?
Democracy is associated with countries that are economically more stable, less likely to go to war, and more likely to be socially harmonious. How can we promote democracy throughout the world?
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Technologically facilitated democracy could increase its effectiveness and help to propagate it
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Democracy is a misnomer for most societies
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Free and effective journalism should be the foundation on which democracy can be maintained
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Fighting societal disparity and encouraging democracy should go hand in hand
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Technologically facilitated democracy could increase its effectiveness and help to propagate it

Technology may pose the answers for engaging the majority of the population who fail to engage in democracy and arm society with tools in increase transparency, but arguably technology could contribute to undermining participation and transparency in democratic states also. The resolution of this problem in the face of this dilemma may serve to influence less democratic nations, giving them a road map to democracy. Democracy is not a rigid or binary but a nuanced individualised process, it can be adopted and it can be improved no matter how long a history of democracy the society has enjoyed, but technologies such as electronic voting, blockchain and artificial intelligence are set to set to make the process easier, clearer and more effective.

One of the issues facing even healthy democracies is a low voter turn out, with only around 50% of voters casting a vote in the US and lower than 43% in the EU in recent years, showing a steady decline over time. However advances in and use of technologies such as blockchain could amount to making voting as uncomplicated as ordering take away food. Countries such as Estonia, India and Switzerland are already using electronic voting machines, but blockchain may make this process cheaper and more secure, possibly giving way to remote voting in the future. Furthermore, changes to the general population voting on issues rather than representatives could revolutionise democratic participation, bringing political issue to individual voters and encouraging direct participation in political issues.

statista.com/statistics/300427/eu-parlament-turnout-for-the-european-elections

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Technology may pose the answers for engaging the majority of the population who fail to engage in democracy and arm society with tools in increase transparency, but arguably technology could contribute to undermining participation and transparency in democratic states also. The resolution of this problem in the face of this dilemma may serve to influence less democratic nations, giving them a road map to democracy. Democracy is not a rigid or binary but a nuanced individualised process, it can be adopted and it can be improved no matter how long a history of democracy the society has enjoyed, but technologies such as electronic voting, blockchain and artificial intelligence are set to set to make the process easier, clearer and more effective.
Democracy is a misnomer for most societies

Current systems that claim to be democratic are often far from it, democracy should first be established in order to encourage it in any way. Elections are effectively paid for, politicians are not held accountable in any way, which helps to perpetuate more of an unchallengeable oligarchic state and leaves voters with little faith in democratic institutions. It was in a climate such as this that the United States received a democracy downgrade in recent years from the Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index, earning the rank of a "flawed democracy".

With that in mind to make societies more democratic, the introduction of laws that separate state and private business interests, and state and religion are inevitably pro democratic. Making voting easier and clearer to represent a great demographic of the general public will also help. Politicians should also be held accountable, and they should serve shorter terms if they are found to be under performing by too great a degree. Likewise media institutions and freedom of speech need to be protected to stop the silencing of whistle-blowers or covering up of controversy. But also a change in culture needs fostering, to allow people in all walks of life to value honesty and openness, for whistle-blowing and speaking out against corruption so it can be seen in a positive light, and can allow everyone to want to strive for a better, fairer system.

thenation.com/article/the-economist-just-downgraded-the-us-from-a-full-democracy-to-a-flawed-democracy

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Current systems that claim to be democratic are often far from it, democracy should first be established in order to encourage it in any way. Elections are effectively paid for, politicians are not held accountable in any way, which helps to perpetuate more of an unchallengeable oligarchic state and leaves voters with little faith in democratic institutions. It was in a climate such as this that the United States received a democracy downgrade in recent years from the Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index, earning the rank of a "flawed democracy".
Free and effective journalism should be the foundation on which democracy can be maintained

A free and open media should be the main bastion of freedom of speech and the protection of democracy, and this needs to be safeguarded in order to maintain not only democracy in societies but also the peace, stability and harmony associated with that. As a result of the wide spread integration of the internet in daily life, the mainstream media has come under attack in many ways in recent years. Fake news, election manipulation and political manoeuvring have seen the credibility of journalism being called into question, but arguably as communication is reorganised in the age of the internet open journalism needs to be protected now more than ever.

Freedom of speech and especially freedom of the press need to be upheld at all costs, democracy is like dialogue between the government and the people it serves, the media should be acting as the eyes and ears to both sides, bringing to light the sometimes uncomfortable truths that society may need to work through. If press freedom is constrained so is this dialogue and democracy will suffer as public servants and the public will no longer be on the same page. A free media provides a public platform to inform society, and debate and question social issues and current affairs openly, calling out human rights abuses, abuses of power and antidemocratic sentiment, actively defending and upholding democracy.

miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/speak-up/article1955056.html

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A free and open media should be the main bastion of freedom of speech and the protection of democracy, and this needs to be safeguarded in order to maintain not only democracy in societies but also the peace, stability and harmony associated with that. As a result of the wide spread integration of the internet in daily life, the mainstream media has come under attack in many ways in recent years. Fake news, election manipulation and political manoeuvring have seen the credibility of journalism being called into question, but arguably as communication is reorganised in the age of the internet open journalism needs to be protected now more than ever.
Fighting societal disparity and encouraging democracy should go hand in hand

Increasing the level of education, decreasing corruption, increasing political and economic clarity, and calling out bad examples of democracy and praising the good worldwide will have a positive effect on human rights, equality and ultimately democracy. Utilising fair democratic international organisations such as the UN or EU to set a good democratic examples and help resolve international issues will also help encourage democracy worldwide. Furthermore, celebrating the principles of democracy and promoting the recognition of positive changes made by states should be a bigger part of this process.

Greater social dialogue is needed, but the less society are engaged in that dialogue, the less satisfying the fruits of that dialogue will be, meaning active participation in the democratic process is what underpins positive outcomes from it. American democracy advocacy group Generation Citizen believe that through education society could enjoy “a more robust and active citizenry [which] will lead to the successful implementation of more equitable and sustainable policies”, in turn securing “vigorous and healthy participation” [1] in the democratic process. We can see from arrangements like in Switzerland’s that things can be done systemically to help encourage voter turnout, but the same can also be accomplished through better educating, reporting to and informing of the general voting population.

generationcitizen.org/improving-democracy-starts-with-its-citizens

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https://generationcitizen.org/improving-democracy-starts-with-its-citizens/
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