Gore Urges “Nerd Spring” to Push More Government and Democracy
March 13, 2012
Former establishment politician and man-made carbon theory advocate Al Gore took to the stage at South By Southwest yesterday and urged techies to use compromised social media and other digital tools to push for democracy and more government.
“Our democracy has been hacked,” said Gore. He said the government no longer functions and suggested the creation of an “Occupy Democracy” movement. New digital tools are required to “change the democratic conversation,” he added as he explored the concept of a trendy “Wiki-democracy” of “digital flash mobs calling out the truth” and “a government square that holds people accountable.”
“The Internet is the most fantastic tool ever brought into being to make things right and to fix our democracy,” Gore told the SXSW crowd. “We can use it. It is going to happen. But how long? It depends on whether feel passionate about it and get involved.”
Gore appeared with Napster co-founder and web entrepreneur Sean Parker at the convention center in downtown Austin, Texas. Parker invested in Votizen and sits on the board of NationBuilder, described as an “essential toolkit for leaders.”
NationBuilder is a start-up launched by venture capitalists who own stock in other social-media companies, including Facebook, Groupon, Twitter and Zynga. The start-up was pushed by Chris Hughes, a Facebook co-founder best known for leading Obama’s 2008 online presidential effort.