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The eighth meeting of the Prague computer science seminar

Karel Janeček

Democracy 2.1 - qualitative enhancement of democracy

Traditional democracies are based on the equal-vote principle. Some critics of current democratic systems have claimed that voting should be limited only to specific groups of voters - for those with a certain level of education or the specific level of taxes.

November 27, 2014

4:00pm

Auditorium S5, MFF UK
Malostranské nám. 25, Praha 1
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Traditional democracies are based on the equal-vote principle. Some critics of current democratic systems have claimed that voting should be limited only to specific groups of voters - for those with a certain level of education or the specific level of taxes. The equal-vote principle is fundamental and societies without this principle incorporated are under threat of developing into totalitarian regimes or dictatorships.

Karel Janeček will prove in his presentation how it is possible to statistically boost votes of citizens aligned with parties prefered by the broad and non-extremist public. D21 has the similar effect on the opposite side of the political spectrum as well: it weakens populists and extremists. All this with the preservation of equal-vote principle.

Lecturer

Mgr. Karel Janeček, MBA, PhD.

In 2004 he earned a PhD in Mathematical Finance from the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. Before this – in 1996 – he received an MBA from Bradley University, Peoria, USA. In 1997 he graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University in Prague in the field of probability theory . He worked as a scientific researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He earned his first money at school solding his own software to analyze the game Black Jack. His profile is in the well known Griffin book, which collects data on advantage players. He is excluded from entry to all Casinos in Las Vegas. Currently he is working intensively on presentation of electoral system Democracy 2.1 and gives lectures around the world. During the last six months he introduced D21 in the prestigious universities and think-tanks in the UK, France, the United States, Austria and Romania. He is close to fellowship at Cambridge. In the Czech Republic in recent elections he realized the D21 experiment as the largest electoral data collection in the country's history.

ABOUT THE PRAGUE COMPUTER SCIENCE SEMINAR

The seminar takes place on the 4th Thursday of each month at 4:00pm (except June, July, August and December) alternately in the buildings of Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University, Karlovo nám. 13, Praha 2 and Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Malostranské nám. 25, Praha 1.

Its program consists of a one-hour lecture followed by a discussion. The lecture is based on an (internationally) exceptional or remarkable achievement of the lecturer, presented in a way which is comprehensible and interesting to a broad computer science community. The lectures is in English.

The seminar is organized by the organizational committee consisting of Roman Barták (Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics), Michal Chytil (Czech Academy of Sciences, Computer Science Institute), Pavel Kordík (Czech Tech. Univ., Faculty of Information Technologies), Jan Kybic (Czech Tech. Univ., Faculty of Electrical Engineering), Michal Pěchouček (Czech Tech. Univ., Faculty of Electrical Engineering), Jiří Sgall (Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics), Vojtěch Svátek (University of Economics, Faculty of Informatics and Statistics), Michal Šorel (Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Information Theory and Automation), Tomáš Werner (Czech Tech. Univ., Faculty of Electrical Engineering), and Filip Železný (Czech Tech. Univ., Faculty of Electrical Engineering)

The idea to organize this seminar emerged in discussions of the representatives of several research institutes on how to avoid the undesired fragmentation of the Czech computer science community.

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