Five Hacks for Digital Democracy

Beth Simone Noveck urges researchers to work out how technology can improve public institutions.

The election of a politically inexperienced president in the United States, Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the initial rejection of a peace deal in a Colombian referendum to end an armed conflict all signal dissatisfaction with the political status quo. Yet citizens have few opportunities to influence government decisions beyond the ballot box.

“This is a time when almost every aspect of government can be improved,” Geoff Mulgan, chief of Nesta, a UK charity that aims to foster innovation and digital democracy1, has said. It is time to work out how, together.

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