Accelerating Democracy: Transforming Governance through Technology

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1. “Petition the White House with We the People,” WhiteHouse .gov, Sept. 22, 2011, petition -white-house-we-people.

2. Ian Morris, Why the West RulesFor Now (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011), 607.

3. David Warsh, Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations (New York: W. W. Norton, 2006), 288–304.

4. David Deutsch, The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World (New York: Viking, 2011).

5. For the best discussion of this process, see Joel Mokyr, The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992).

Chapter 1: The Ever Expanding Domain of Computation

1. On the idea of domains in technologies, see Brian Arthur, The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves (New York: Free Press, 2009), 61. A domain forms “a constellation of technologies—a mutually supporting set” (63). Arthur himself sees the digital technologies of computation as forming a domain that is drawing other technologies within it (63).

2. “Moore’s Law,”, /museum/exhibits/moore.htm.

3. Dan Burke and Mark Lemley, “Policy Levers in Patent Law,” Virginia Law Review 89 (2003): 1575, 1620n147.

4. Martin Hilbert and Priscila Lopez, “The World’s Technological Capacity to Store, Communicate, and Compute Information,” Science 332 (2011): 60–65.

5. Keith Kleiner, “Body 2.0: The Continuous Monitoring of the Human Body,” Singularity Hub, March 20, 2009, /body-20-continuous-monitoring-of-the-human-body.

6. Kenrick Vezina, “Stick-On Electronic Tattoos,” MIT Technology Review, Aug. 11, 2011,

7. Michio Kaku, Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2000 (New York: Doubleday, 2011), 300–301.


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