Digital & Interactive Environment
EDDIE is not a super-computer that will do the work for citizens, rather it is an environment where all individuals can partake in the democratic process.
The entirety of the process is engineered to mimic platforms and templates that people are already familiar with and use every day.
Today's digital citizen spends a great amount of time on-line so taking politics into the digital space intuitively makes sense.
Most people are already familiar with many digital usages. Communication, making comments, reading articles, watching videos, applying ratings, searching information, sharing and creating content, learning, job-seeking, etc. These types of activities will be commonplace within EDDIE.
EDDIE will also be a multi-accessible platform. Computers, mobile devices, gaming devices, televisions, plus whatever the future holds, will be able to access the system.
The possibilities are endless and EDDIE will be capable of utilizing them all in the pursuit of good policy development.
EDDIE will bring Engaged Democracy to life in an easy to use interface.
EDDIE - Data Base
EDDIE will be comprised of a data base containing your personal information that the government already has on file, plus your information that you choose to display.
Government already has your health, education, income, insurance, driving, tax, business, home, family and legal history. Plus they have the ability to monitor all your digital communication, so most people are quite used to this circumstance.
Within EDDIE, individuals will also populate their own profile with the information they would like to share as part of their involvement with the political process.
Individuals will also set their own preferences to receive information about the issues that they want to be involved with.
The obvious concern with EDDIE is privacy. When ready to launch, EDDIE will have the most sophisticated privacy software built into it.
The issue of what will be done with the data is a matter of trust. In 2016, most citizens do not trust governments to behave ethically. Once Engaged Democracy restores faith in our democratic institutions, this issue should be resolved.