But all of this raises a crucial question; sure, this technology can bring down a government, but can it also help with governing?
It’s a terribly important question.
Election and governance modernization is a vital movement that has the potential to make governments more accountable. It also has the potential to make the public more empowered to make changes to the world’s all-too-stagnant political institutions. In other words, it could take a serious bite out of political apathy.
According to one company, 2014 was a banner year for the implementation of innovative technology for more transparent and accessible elections.
Scytl is a secure election management and online voting solutions company that helps various organizations worldwide build participatory democracy, citizen empowerment and public transparency through online technology.
Essentially they put out a digital products that cover everything from election finance disclosure, voter education, election logistics solutions, online and phone voting, voter list management, election night reporting and post-election audits and consultations, among many more services.
They seem to be popular, too; Scytl technology was used by 30 per cent of the countries that held binding elections in 2014.
“We are extremely proud to see Scytl eDemocracy solutions helping both public and private organizations around the globe positively impact the lives of citizens by providing higher acceptability of election and governance processes and outcome,” said Pere Valles, CEO of Scytl, in a press release.
For example, the European Union used Scytl for Election Night Reporting to publish the election results for the largest multi-nation election worldwide. In India, Scytl Online Voting was also securely used in one of the world’s largest elections in history.
Scytl are fulfilling a growing demand for digital solutions to democratic troubles. In emerging democracies, institutions have the potential to be built with this technology ingrained in their infrastructure. Alternatively, established democracies need to find ways to integrate these technologies into their existing institutions in order to fight apathy and expand pluralism.
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