Posted 4 years ago on Oct. 22, 2011, 6:13 p.m. EST by jkintree
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In a decision making body, there is typically a minimum number of members who must be present to be legitimately authorized to make decisions. This is called a "quorum." Frequently, a quorum exists when at least half of the members of the decision making body are present.
Sometime during 2012, it is possible that the number of people who have Internet access will reach half of the global human population.
According to Internet World Stats, as of March 31, 2011, there were 2,095,006,005 Internet users. Close to a billion Internet access devices, not including cell phones, have been projected to be sold in the single year of 2012.
The total number of people who have Internet access does not indicate the speed of their connections; a dial-up connection is not fast enough for decent quality video. Nor does it indicate the quality of the information that can be accessed; vital information might be censored or blocked behind proprietary barriers. Nor does it indicate the literacy or perspective of the people who are accessing the information; people tend to believe what they want to believe, or what they have previously accepted as the truth.
Those concerns would not apply uniquely to a self-organized global decision making body. All deliberative assemblies must deal with the diversity and limitations in abilities, knowledge, and perspectives of their members. The greater the number of people involved, the greater the diversity, and the greater the capacity to fill in for each other's gaps.
We may or may not reach a quorum of humanity with Internet access during 2012. We are close enough to a quorum that it is not too soon to begin thinking about what we will do when it happens.