The results and future possibilities created by recent technological advances are truly unbelievable, when you consider how little life changed in the last thousands, if not millions of years, compared to the last hundred, or even more so, the last twenty years.
Of course, like everything, there are good and bad possibilities in every evolving situation, but let’s just concentrate on the good, which can be achieved to promote more open freedom and equal opportunity here.
One of the big advances which crossed my path recently is the Estonian e-Residency system. In brief, it’s a secure system where companies or individuals can register to be an Estonian e-Resident. This involves new e-Residents going to participating embassies with the necessary documentation to prove they are who they say they are. There are so many uses for this type of e-residency verification, it really is incredible, but for the purpose of this article, let’s just stick to the political advantages.
The general public could now vote on any number of proposals regarding local, national or even global issues, and the results are available immediately, and they can do so without leaving the comfort of their own home. This type of technology has the capability more than any other to promote Real Democracy, so that people vote much more frequently than once every five years or so to form the next government. People could be asked to vote on referendum after referendum on any issue or proposal. Okay, you might say that whoever controls or built the system could rig the results, but there are also ways to deal with that. For another day.
Another fantastic use of modern technology is the idea that so many people in poorer regions of the world can be educated over the internet. These people might not have had that opportunity 20 years ago, and this is only going to grow and grow. They also have the possibility to trade internationally online from their own home.
These changes in themselves will make for a much more open society over the next ten years, and we have only begun to see the tip of the iceberg of what is possible, which will create a much more open playing field for all into the future.
The one thing we have to do, which is the most important, is to vigorously fight any attempt by any government to restrict or control this freedom of the internet.
Who knows, once the Mexicans get going properly on these internet platforms, they might well be deciding to build a wall to keep the poor Americans out. Of course, this is not what we want either, and we are only interested in bringing down barriers and not building them… but it is a thought provoking idea!