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The People's Republic of Tech – Audio Edition

The People's Republic of Tech – Audio Edition

Notes towards a manifesto for radical online democracy

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If you’re a regular listener, you already know that I’m obsessed with the radical experiment in techno-governance taking shape in China.

Two week ago, a document published by the CCP offered a new window on to that project. It’s fascinating in its own right. But the document also poses a powerful implicit challenge to those of us who live inside a liberal democracy.

Specifically, it asks us: what are you going to do about Big Tech? So this week, reflections on all that, and a first attempt at an answer.

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1. The Implementation Outline for the Construction of Government Under the Rule of Law contains a bold vision for a new kind of 21st-century state.

2. This month the CCP announced action against Tencent, after claiming that WeChat does not comply with laws intended to protect minors.

3. Zuckerberg himself has said: ‘in a lot of ways Facebook is more like a government than a traditional company’.

4. Facebook won’t tell us how many people have viewed vaccine misinformation on the platform, but it’s a lot.

5. Back in Democracy Without Elections I wrote about Yale political theorist Hélène Landemore and her advocacy for a system she calls open democracy.

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David Mattin sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Consumption.

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