Digital Democracy, JJ Disini-style

JJ Disini is exploring “the upper limit of human capacity for processing information — human throughput.”  He surmises: “This probably explains why we will always need intermediaries to perform sorting functions for the Web or highlighting information we need to know (ah, the ever-enduring demand for advertising).  In the context of online democracy, this means that there’s an upper limit to bandwidth where you won’t get a significant increase in meaningful participation from individuals.”  JJ is an LLM student — which ordinarily means trained as a lawyer in another country and getting yet another law degree here — and a Berkman Center regular.  His post is Joi Ito and Jim Moore-inspired, and timely in light of Yossi Vardi’s lecture today.

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