Representative democracy models are failing youth change movements. Empowered by technology, disenfranchised individuals use crowd-democracy, where they assemble around a cause and develop a “connected mind” which leverages their influence and power to the extent of disrupting government. It is high time to develop technology-enabled solutions which would allow these individuals to be a part of the policy debate and formulation, getting closer to a direct democracy model. In the case of Egypt, the article argues that most reforms and major policy shifts which happened since Jan 25 revolution were reached through crowd-democracy interactions and not traditional means, including Morsi’s ouster.
Egypt’s Crowd-Democracy: As Representative Democracy Failed to Deliver, People Resorted to Alternatives | Atlantic Council