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Information Technology and Democracy. Chances and Challenges

Version 1 : Received: 16 April 2021 / Approved: 19 April 2021 / Online: 19 April 2021 (12:14:03 CEST)

How to cite: Czajkowski, W. Information Technology and Democracy. Chances and Challenges. Preprints 2021, 2021040473 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0473.v1). Czajkowski, W. Information Technology and Democracy. Chances and Challenges. Preprints 2021, 2021040473 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0473.v1).

Abstract

We live in the time of profound transformations commonly labelled with the word “globalization”. The rise of one ecological-technological-social system encompassing our whole planet is an important element of these processes. Solving big global problems demands knowledge of two complementary sorts: on the one hand – going “in depth”, on the other – going “in breadth”. The present paper assumes the second (in a sense: philosophical) perspective. It tries to analyze some relations between the development of technology (IT) and the development of democracy. The notion of democracy, its various forms and axiological reasons for it are considered first. In the subsequent chapter different consequences (both positive and negative) the IT development has for contemporary democracy are discussed. In the next chapter the evolutionary nature of the technological development is debated as well as the question of (democratic) control of this process. The development of Artificial General Intelligence is presented as a challenge for democracy

Subject Areas

1.globalization, 2. participative democracy, 3. deliberative democracy, 4. Collective decision-making, 5. human nature

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