Given the continuing impact of technology on the political arena and the growing perception that big tech has become big brother. This piece considers democracy innovation and the potential return of social led engagement.
Scanning across various countries and their experiments in direct democracy it calls out that not all the experiences can be seen to be progressive. As the range of start-ups operating between commerce and politics continues to grow the opportunity for innovative business models could go either way.

Over the last few years, we’ve seen new and exciting experiments in direct democracy emerge: the Open Ministry – Crowdsourcing legislation site in the Finnish Parliament; the Icelandic e-democracy and participatory budgeting website Better Reykjavik; Podemos, the new decentralised Spanish political movement and the municipal citizen-led coalitions Barcelona en Comu

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