In this episode of Science Fiction Double Feature, I talk to Malka Older, author of the science fiction mystery-action-thriller, Infomocracy. We then find out about the state of e-democracy and e-participation with Stefan Strauß from the Institute of Technology Assessment in the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Plot of Infomocracy
It’s been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything’s on the line.
With power comes corruption. For Ken, this is his chance to do right by the idealistic Policy1st party and get a steady job in the big leagues. For Domaine, the election represents another staging ground in his ongoing struggle against the pax democratica. For Mishima, a dangerous Information operative, the whole situation is a puzzle: how do you keep the wheels running on the biggest political experiment of all time, when so many have so much to gain?