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Democracy 2.0: How Technology Could (and Should) Drive Parliaments Obsolete

This might sound like an episode of Black Mirror, but I think with today’s technology it is entirely possible to replace the need to have parliaments represent the people in a democracy. On all the tasks parliament is there for, a good case can be made that technology has allowed us to do those tasks ourselves without the need of a middleman (elected representatives). We can create laws, agree on budgets, and oversee the executive branch ourselves, in a crowd-sourced sort of method, the way we are already doing a lot of other things.
The reason why parliaments exist in a democracy is because it is practically impossible for an entire population to have to convene and vote on every single bill introduced by any one person within themselves, or to agree on the collective budget for example. Of course every now and then in some countries there are referendums that get voted on by the public, but this is about as far as it gets when it comes to the people deciding on legislations without …