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What are (or should be) the fundamental premises of electronic democracy? How can "the voice of the people" correlated from electronic input be appropriately related to existing institutional structures, and what is its appropriate role? How can we empower collective intelligence -- as might be widely asked -- without risking "rule of the mob"?


In any discussion of the potentials of an emerging "electronic democracy" or network-based "people's movement", there are many questions regarding decision methods, appropriate relationship to existing instutitions, etc. Those questions and issues should be identified and discussed.

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We can gather input in many ways, and this data should be aggregated and correlated, in ways that can be streamed back to "the collective" as a way of "taking the pulse of the community."
The pulse of the community should be an influence in collective decision-making or governance.
The appropriate role of an emerging people's movement might be best understood as something like a "people's lobby" or a "people's congress". We are seeking participation and engagement and influence, and want to be "a factor" in the way decisions are made in society. As the process grows in sophistication, this role might become more influential.

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