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Douglas Rushkoff: Open Source Democracy

Douglas Rushkoff: Open Source Democracy



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How online communication is changing offline politics
How online communication is changing offline politics

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Open SourceDemocracy
How online communication is changing offline politics
Douglas Rushkoff
Political structures need to change. They will emerge rompeopleacting andcommunicating in the present,not talking about afictional future
About Demos
Demos is a greenhouse for new ideas which canimprove the quality of our lives.As an independentthink tank,we aim to create an open resource ofknowledge and learning that operates beyondtraditional party politics.We connect researchers,thinkers and practitionersto an international network of
people changingpolitics
.Our ideas regularly influence governmentpolicy,but we also work with companies,NGOs,colleges and professional bodies.Demos knowledge is organised around five themes,which combine to create new perspectives.Thethemes are democracy,learning,enterprise,qualityof life and global change.But we also understand that thinking by itself is notenough.Demos has helped to initiate a number ofpractical projects which are delivering real socialbenefit through the redesign of public services.For Demos,the process is as important as the finalproduct.We bring together people from a widerange of backgrounds to cross-fertilise ideas andexperience.By working with Demos,our partnershelp us to develop sharper insight into the wayideas shape society.
 © Douglas Rushkoff 2003
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For further information andsubscription details please contact:DemosThe MezzanineElizabeth House39 York RoadLondon SE1 7NQtelephone:020 7401 5330email:mail@demos.co.ukweb:www.demos.co.ukISBN 1 84180 113 5Typeset by Land & Unwin,BugbrookePrinted by Printflow,LondonSeries designed by Peter MacLeod

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