democracy

it's complicated

Complex Systems Theorists Explain Why Democracy Is Dying

A team of mathematicians, physicists, philosophers and psychologists argue that the decline of democracies is poorly understood, but concepts from complex systems theory may offer a solution.
Daniel Oberhaus
11.27.18
democracy

Here’s Why All the Voting Machines Are Broken and the Lines Are Extremely Long

Voting machines are breaking down across the country and America’s voting technology is in desperate need of a complete overhaul.
Jason Koebler
Matthew Gault
11.6.18
Opinion

Social Media Has Hijacked Our Brains and Threatens Global Democracy

The ‘social media revolution’ gave us Donald Trump and Brexit—and is making politics impossible.
David Golumbia
1.5.18
Facebook

How Facebook Will Protect the 'Integrity' of Canada's Next Election

"We don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy."
Tracey Lindeman
10.19.17
direct democracy

Colorado Political Candidate Promises to Give His Seat to an App

What if elected representatives actually voted based on what their constituents wanted?
Louise Matsakis
10.16.17
We Were Staying in Paris

Cities and States Vow to Resist Trump’s Withdrawal From the Paris Agreement

Even the mayor of Pittsburgh thinks Trump’s withdrawal from the climate accord is misguided.
Daniel Oberhaus
6.1.17
Censorship

Canada’s Censored Scientists Are Helping American Researchers Resist Trump

They faced nearly a decade of muzzling under Stephen Harper. Now they’re helping counterparts in the US fight back.
Stephen Buranyi
2.9.17
Internet

Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims Look to the Internet for Justice

The Rohingya are fighting state-sponsored media with their own independent channels of communication.
Austin Bodetti
1.11.17
video

Can Torrents Power a More Democratic YouTube?

This teenage developer thinks so.
Jordan Pearson
7.12.16
Bitcoin

The First Bitcoin Voting Machine Is On Its Way

Blockchain-based voting machines could be more secure and transparent than current systems.
Alyssa Hertig
11.5.15
politics

Why Is Lawrence Lessig Missing From Tonight’s CNN Debate?

The iconoclastic law professor believes Democratic honchos are trying to silence him.
Sam Gustin
10.13.15
News

‘Sluts Against Harper’ Will Send You Nudes for Voting

"I’m willing to do anything to spark the vote."
Jordan Pearson
10.7.15
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