Can a technological revolution overcome Spain’s deeply entrenched political elite?
Pablo Soto, former software developer, activist and recently elected councilor for Participation and Transparency in Madrid’s radical new administration, is trying to build the technology for a direct democracy, allowing citizens to propose and elect their own laws. Together with colleague and fellow democracy activist Miguel Arana, Soto is working on a website that will allow the people of Spain’s capital city to suggest, select and vote on new policies directly.
“Everything that’s happening now can be understood as part of a huge change that started in Spain four years ago”, Soto explains, referring to the 15M or “indignados” movement that began in 2011. “We didn’t come here to play the game of the parties. We came here to play the game of the people.”
But are the people ready? And can Miguel and Pablo get enough participation to keep the project alive – and protect it from political opposition and media oblivion?
Hacking Madrid was directed by Ana Naomi de Sousa, and is part of Al Jazeera’s Rebel Geeks series.
Source URL — https://roarmag.org/2015/12/18/hacking-madrid-rebel-geeks/