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Direct democracy engagement, with apps and vote trading

At The Mandarin we try to stay well clear of party politics — other than trying to navigate between the inevitable nexus between politics and policy. We also are interested when it directly impacts the very model of policy and decision making for public administrators.

Australia has seen several micro parties attempt to blend technology with direct democracy. A new political party called Flux is promoting a direct democracy app where citizens vote directly on issues, and trade votes to policy experts.

This direct democracy model is an intriguing attempt to use technology to change the current model. We of course make no comment on the actual political party supporting it.

There is also a podcast and here is the about page for Flux, the party promoting the approach.

Author Bio

Tom Burton

Tom Burton is publisher of The Mandarin based in Melbourne. He has served in various public administration roles, specialising in the media and communications sector. He was a Walkley Award-winning journalist and executive editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. He worked as Canberra bureau chief for the Australian Financial Review and as managing editor of smh.com.au. He most recently worked at the Australian Communications and Media Authority.