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The future of democracy

10 November 2021

New media and instant messaging apps have taken over our professional, social and even political life. We are permanently connected, and when we are offline for a while, we feel uncomfortable. When recently Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram (owned by the same company) crashed for hours, the entire world froze. Modern technologies not only break away from traditional classifications, but are out of control as well. These have become an autonomous system, a “state within a state”, which seem not to be able to promptly address irregularities taking place within their structures. At the same time, technological giants have gained power greater than the governments of many countries. By arbitrarily deciding who may access Facebook or Twitter, they can send even political leaders of the greatest powers into oblivion as experienced by, among others, President Trump.