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    1. How does voting work in your country?

      Title I am looking for ALL countries, including the US. I am going to use this info for an IRL discussion with classmates of how US voting could be improved and what it is like in other countries....

      Title

      I am looking for ALL countries, including the US.

      I am going to use this info for an IRL discussion with classmates of how US voting could be improved and what it is like in other countries. Please reply to my comment below with your filled out form, and post discussion on voting as a top-level comment.


      Recommended format:

      # [Country name]
      - Mandatory voting: Y/N
      - Voter registration: Y/N
      - Required documents for voting: [ID, whatever]
      - Ranked choice: Y/N
      - Minimum age for country leader: [number]
      - System: Fully democratic/electoral college-like
      - Significant parties: [number]
      - Options for voting: [paper, online, voting machine, mail-in]
      - Minimum voting age: [number]
      - Maximum voting age: [number if any]
      Extra info: 
      
      16 votes
    2. "Children and Politics" - a 3 minute interview with British children before the 1964 general election

      This is short, but it demonstrates something that's been missing from tv for a while, which is the simple interview with children that recognises they are children but still takes them seriously...

      This is short, but it demonstrates something that's been missing from tv for a while, which is the simple interview with children that recognises they are children but still takes them seriously as humans.

      EDIT: Somehow I missed the main link, which goes to a BFI page here: https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-children-and-politics-1964-online

      There are some amazing old (1960s, 1970s) British tv interviews with children carried out by Harold Williamson. He asks children a question and then just lets them answer. There's no attempt to laugh at the children, and there's no attempt to say "zomg look at what this cute kid is saying".

      A few clips here, https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06tq93b and there are probably more on Youtube: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06tq93b

      It's showing its age - "what would you do if your husbands went on strike? How would you run a household?" (asked of two girls) isn't acceptable.

      7 votes
    3. Discussion: Top 10 Stupidest Things US Fed Govt has done

      Okay, so this notion is still a bit undefined in my head, kind of figuring it out now, as I type. I want to come up with a list (doesn't actually have to be 10) of the worst things the US...

      Okay, so this notion is still a bit undefined in my head, kind of figuring it out now, as I type.

      I want to come up with a list (doesn't actually have to be 10) of the worst things the US government has done, to undermine the ideals and principles that the United States was (at least nominally) founded on ... truth, justice, baseball and mom's apple pie - kinda stuff.

      You can go back as far in history as you like (so Civil War, Dred Scott, things like that are absolutely open for consideration) ... but it has to be something that continues to significantly impact US govt, US society and/or the world, to this day ... something they have not remedied.

      Off the top of my head, the main thing that comes to mind is the Citizens United case, which I believe has fundamentally broken the US political system (which was, previously, already seriously frayed). I'd also consider the non-consideration (by the Senate) of Merrick Garland's Supreme Court nomination (by Obama), and the US (both the govt and the public) collective "whatever" to the news that Russia interfered in the 2016 US elections (and continues to do so, now joined by China and assorted others).

      I may edit this to refine the idea. But the basic goal is to create a really high-level list of "First Things" the US needs to fix, to have any hope of returning to a state of democracy (okay, democratic republic), and/or normalcy.

      5 votes
    4. Data Dictatorships: The Arms Race to Hack Humankind (my latest book)

      As many of you know, my book Data Dictatorships has just come out and I believe the timing couldn't be better. For the last year I’ve been banging my head against the wall trying to understand the...

      As many of you know, my book Data Dictatorships has just come out and I believe the timing couldn't be better.

      For the last year I’ve been banging my head against the wall trying to understand the complexity of our current situation with the technological disruption. And this book contains all the answers I have found along the way.

      Forget about fake news, election interferences or being watched on the Internet. The reality is much more chaotic, complex and dreadful than that.

      The truth is that data has become the raw materialization of power, and this is making dictatorships more efficient than ever before. Few dare to say it, but liberal democracy is likely going to die. (At least as we know it.)

      But I believe if we start global conversations about this, maybe we can change things. And these conversations could start as small as a thread in this forum.

      I hope you can find the time to check out the content of this book. And it would be great if we could start a threat talking about these threats we’re facing.

      I know this might be perceived as spam for a lot of people. And that's fair. But I'm not trying to sell anything. In fact, I'm giving it away for free (the digital version.)

      If you just want to grab a free copy, here’s the electronic version for free. I believe that the ideas discussed in this book are so important that I’m willing to give it away for free. So here’s the link–download it, share it, but please let’s start a conversation about this:

      EPUB:
      https://borjamoya.com/books/Data-Dictatorships_The-Arms-Race-to-Hack-Humankind-Borja-Moya.epub
      MOBI:
      https://borjamoya.com/books/Data-Dictatorships_The-Arms-Race-to-Hack-Humankind-Borja-Moya.mobi

      And of course, if you’d like the paperback version here or just read more info about the book, go here: https://borjamoya.com/DataDictatorships

      I hope you enjoy my small contribution to the world.

      PS. My book has gotten to the front page of Hacker News, you can also join the conversation there: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21417319

      6 votes