Do new “smart” technologies such as AI, robotics, social media, and automation threaten to disrupt our society? Or does technological innovation hold the potential to transform our democracies and civic societies, creating ones that are more egalitarian and accountable? Disruptive Democracy explores these questions and examines how technology has the power to reshape our civic participation, our economic and political governance, and our entire existence. In this innovative study, the authors use international examples such as Trump’s America, and Bolsonaro’s recent election as President of Brazil, to lead the discussion on perhaps the most profound political struggle of the 21st century, the coming clash between a progressive “Techno-democracy” and a regressive “Techno-populism”.
Looking Forward to Disruptive Democracy
The new millenium could spell the end of democracy or its radical renewal. Any optimism for its future is inexorably intertwined with its ability to become once more a force for revolutionising social, economic and political relations. At present, it remains trapped between the two poles of either supporting or partially interrupting a broken status quo. It doubles as an elite resource or a tool for resistance. What it is only now beginning to recapture is its fundamentally existential spirit and power, its role as a historical vehicle for people to critically and collectively transform their very shared existence. To do so, it must become a disruptive political technology.
The need for such a disruptive democracy has ...