Clay Shirky delivered a TED Talk on the historical evolution of open source platforms and how they’ve made powerful changes to society through creating “cooperation without coordination.” He explores how open source principles can be applied to modern day government and democracy.
One quote toward the end sums up his vision:
“There’s no democracy worth the name that doesn’t have a transparency movement. But transparency is openness in only one direction. And being given a dashboard without a steering wheel has never been the core promise a democracy makes to its citizens.”