Democracy and the Tyranny of Weak Majority: Do Modern Technologies Facilitate Better Decision Making Systems?

By:
Amir Hassan Ghaseminejad Tafreshi
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Democratic decisions are made by the majority of the population but one can define the majority required for choosing a social choice in many different ways. This paper explores different definitions of majority and different voting methods to find their strengths and weaknesses. Then it will use systems modeling to choose better methods and will show how availability, increased efficiency and decreased cost of modern technologies may eventually effect the decision making processes; and, as an example, the possible future of "first past the post" and "runoff" electoral systems will be discussed.


Keywords: Majority, Democratic Decision Making, Electoral Systems, Information and Communication Technology, Voting and Technology, Voting Machines, e-voting, Spoiler Effect, Vote Splitting, Clone Independence, Arrow's Dictator
Stream: Technology in Community
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
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Amir Hassan Ghaseminejad Tafreshi

Instructor, School of Business, Capilano College
North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Amir H. Ghaseminejad is a faculty member at Capilano College, School of Business, where he teaches Information and Strategic Management, Business Technology Disaster Recovery Planning and Advanced Web Design. He also teaches Operating Systems, Networking, Database design and Object Oriented Programming as well as Marketing and Business Computing in Computer Science and Information Systems and Business Management Departments of Langara College, he has taught Networking and TCPIP in British Columbia Institute of Technology as well. Before coming to Vancouver in Beautiful British Columbia, he has taught Computer Organization and Electronics courses in Sharif University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Tehran, where he got a Master of Science Degree in Computer Hardware and Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering. He has many years of experience in management and business and holds many industry standard certifications in Internet Technologies and Operating Systems and Databases. His research interests include Technology and Society interrelationships, Systems Analysis, Databases and Information Management Software. He has proposed the "Informatics Theory of Effective Democracy" for "Democratic Wisdom Hypothesis" and his current research is on "Relativity of Democracy" and “Technological Requirements for Implementation of Direct Democracy”.

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