An Informatics Theory of Effective Democracy: Democratic Wisdom Hypothesis and General Relativity of Democracy

By Amir Hassan Ghaseminejad Tafreshi.

Published by The Technology Collection

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The effectiveness of an individual's decisions to choose the best options depends on her or his information about the subject and the environment; as a result, the effectiveness of democracies which aggregate these individual decisions depends on the consideration of timely information by citizens. Behind the concept of Democracy there lies an idea that this paper calls the Democratic Wisdom Hypothesis. Based on this hypothesis democratic systems can be considered the best social system for human communities and societies; and consequently, living in a democracy can be considered a human right; However, democratic systems have had many different performances and their effectiveness has not been the same.
To describe the level of effectiveness of democratic systems in making the effective decisions this paper proposes the Informatics Theory of Effective Democracy which lets us to compare the effectiveness of democratic systems in a six dimensional space which results in the idea of General Relativity of Democracy.

Keywords: Informatics Theory of Effective Democracy, Information Systems, Effective Democracy, Information Dissemination, Communication Technology, Democratic Decision Making, Citizen Participation, System Modelling, Modeling Democracy, General Relativity of Democracy, Democratic Wisdom Hypothesis

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 2, Issue 7, pp.91-106. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.508MB).

Amir Hassan Ghaseminejad Tafreshi

Instructor, School of Business, Capilano College, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Amir H. Ghaseminejad is an instructor in Capilano College Business Administration Department where he teaches Information and Strategic Management, Business Technology Disaster Recovery Planning, Advanced Web Design. He also teaches Operating Systems, Networking, Database design and Object Oriented Programming as well as Marketing and Business Computing in Computer Science and Information Systems and Business Management Departments of Langara College, he has taught Networking and TCPIP in British Columbia Institute of Technology as well. Before coming to Vancouver in Beautiful British Columbia, he has taught Computer Organization and Electronics courses in Sharif University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Tehran, where he got a Master of Science Degree in Computer Hardware and Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering. He has many years of experience in management and business and holds many industry standard certifications in Internet Technologies and Operating Systems and Databases. His research interests include Technology and Society interrelationships, Systems Analysis, Databases and Information Management Software. His current research is on "The Impact of Technological Achievements on Implementation of Democracy and The Technological Requirements for Implementation of Participatory Democracy"

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