Sectors to Democratize

Democratization

Is decentralization democracy?

Democratization and Decentralization are inherently linked. Democratization is the action of adding a system of democracy. While decentralization is the action of connecting a system together with no centralized points. Democracratization is the power structure being decentralized which is the same thing as something being decentralized (only difference is, arguably, the technology that upholds the system). Decentralization is also the name of the system that is used to democratize something.
Deocracy holds the ideology that a democracy is at its best when sectors are democratized whenever it is possible. Often times technology and systems theories are not in place for this to be done, but as they are invented, a Deocratist would believe that it would be a good idea to implement them.

Recently Democratized

Thanks to decentralized technology

Wikipedia

Wikipedia – Anyone with an internet connection can write and contribute to Wikipedia articles. This allows for a decentralized power structure, where anyone has the ability to contribute to the encyclopedia, and that no one person has total control over the content. This makes Wikipedia one of the most open and democratic sources of information available.

Bitcoin

Bitcoin – Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency, which means that there is no single authority controlling it. Anyone can download the software and start mining or trading bitcoins. This allows for a democratic system where anyone can participate in the currency and because there is no central authority, it is secure from corruption or manipulation. Even an update to Bitcoin’s network requires a democratic process in which miners must agree.

Smart Contracts

Smart Contracts – Smart Contracts (or DAO) are executed through a decentralized network of computers, rather than a single central authority. This allows for contracts to be executed without the need for trust, and makes them tamper-proof. This democratizes the contract-making process, making it accessible to everyone with access to the internet.

World Wide Web

World Wide Web – Anyone with an internet connection can create a website and share it with the world. This allows for a decentralized power structure, where anyone has the ability to share their ideas and creations with the world. There is no central authority governing the web, making it open and free for all to use.

Why Democratize?

Democratizing our societies and our economies is the key to solving many of our problems. Only when everyone has a say in how things are run will we be able to create fair and equitable systems that work for everyone.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of democratization?

There are many benefits to democratizing new sectors.

  1. First, it ensures that everyone has a voice and a stake in the system. This can help to create a sense of ownership and responsibility among the citizens of the sector.
  2. Second, it can help to weed out corruption and ensure that decisions are made in the best interest of the people.
  3. Finally, it can help to create a more just and equitable society.

There are also drawbacks to democratizing new sectors.

  1. First, it can be time-consuming and difficult to set up a democratic system from scratch.
  2. Second, it can be difficult to get everyone on board with the new system.
  3. And third, it can be difficult to keep the system functioning effectively over time.

Recently Democratized

What could be democratized right now?

Healthcare

Healthcare – In the current system, only a small number of private insurers, who make decisions about who receives care and how much it costs. A democratically governed healthcare system would give patients a say in how their care is administered, and would keep costs down by allowing for public competition among providers.

Community Spaces

Community Spaces – such as libraries, parks, museums and community centers, are often funded by tax dollars. However, the administration of these spaces is often left to a small number of people, who may or may not reflect the diversity of the community they are meant to serve. A democratically governed Community Spaces would give community members a say in how their space is run, and would create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all.

Primary Education

Primary Education – In our current system of education, only the adults who operate in a centralized education system are heard. A democratically governed primary education system would give children greater input in the development and execution of their education system, allowing them to have a say in what the topics the class covers, and how their classwork is evaluated. This would also be more cost efficient as the politicians on the local level are able to influence the curricula and what they chose to spend on different aspects of education.

Higher Education

Higher Education – The way Colleges and Universities structure their curriculum leaves many students paying money for classes that are out of date if not irrelevant to their field of study all together. If Colleges and Universities were democratized, it would give students, and alumni the ability to have a voice in how their school updates and implements their curriculums. This would also keep costs down by allowing for public competition among institutions.

Needing to be democratizable

This will require new tech!

Local Police

Local Police – Many people feel, with good reason, that the police are given too much power, often with inadequate oversight and accountability as well as inadequate training and fitness standards (which too often leads to aggressive interactions that otherwise could have been avoided). This can lead to abuses of power, inadequate or no training in other enforcement and deescalation tactics, resulting in declining trust between the police and the communities they are meant to serve. A democratically governed police force would give community members a voice in the standards they want their Police Departments to implement and enforce, fitness standards, mental health training, combat training, etc. Direct community input on funding, training, and overall administration would help to create a more accountable and transparent system, adequately prepared officers, and ultimately trust being reestablished between the law enforcers and the community they serve.

Social Media

Social Media – Currently, social media companies are able to censor, or not censor, whatever content they choose. This can be a problem, as these companies can either limit the free speech of their users, or promote ideas that would otherwise be ignored. If social media were democratized, it would allow users to influence how the content on these platforms is displayed, promoted and regulated.

Local Waste Disposal

Local Waste Disposal and Recycling – Often, trash collection and recycling is monopolized by a small number of companies. This can lead to inflated prices, and a lack of diversity in the types of recycling and waste management services offered. If local garbage and recycling were democratized, it would give community members a say in which companies provide these services, as well as how much they cost. This would ultimately lead to more affordable services, as well as a wider range of services being offered.

Financial Services

Financial Services – Banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions provide essential services to individuals and businesses. However, these services are set into a rigid system that only allows for people with a pre-existing financial background of a qualifying quality that making many services unavailable to the majority of people. A democratically governed financial sector would make available a huge variety of resources and types of financial services available to them. It would help to break down the barriers that prevent people from accessing essential financial services.

News

News – The news is often controlled by a small number of large companies. This can lead to a lack of diversity in the news that is being reported, as well as a lack of critical examination of the news being reported. If news were democratized, it would give community members a say in the stories that are being reported, as well as who is reporting them. This would ultimately lead to a more diverse and critical examination of the news.

Local Electric Companies

Local Electric Companies – The electric companies that provide service to a given area are often monopolized by a single company. This can lead to inflated prices, and a lack of care toward the quality of electric services offered. If local electric companies were democratized, it would give community members an ability to demand quality services for reasonable prices. This would ultimately lead to higher quality service at more affordable prices, as well as a wider range of services being offered.

Other Sectors to consider

  • Health care
    • Fitness apps
    • Trails apps (hiking/walking, GPS maps) +Trails upkeep
  • Municipals
    • Internet providers ISP
    • Water/sewage
    • Heating Fuel
    • Gas lines
    • Community beautification
    • Region-specific mental health community practitioners
    • Social workers for government benefits/services
    • Fire department
  • Advanced financial services
  • Advertising
  • Mass Media and its ‘Two-step flow of communication’ as AI
  • Can you think of more sectors that could be democratized? Tell us at general @deocracy.org

What we're doing about it

Check out {DeBIOS} as it is one such project that will advance democratization through {Script Contracts}.

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