digitaletat - as a ring-fenced tax - is an efficient instrument to achieve direct democracy:
- Every citizen (natural person) is allowed to distribute 2% of his or her overall yearly tax payments to a pre-defined set of buckets (those being on a high level of abstraction).
- This will be only practical by utilizing modern and secure information technology.
- It will be critical, that those buckets are sufficiently abstract and not too many - and that they stay like that over time.
- Examples of possible structures of those buckets (increasing complexity):
- The n governmental departments - citizens will directly influence the budget of ministries.
- A set of topics discussed by parliament.
- A set of longterm projects discussed by parliament.
- A set of community driven topics and projects.
digitaletat makes a 'smooth' but yet striking form of direct demoracy possible - without limiting governmental capacity to act (in edge case).
digitaletat is Civic participation 4.0.
digitaletat is not comparable to more local or municipal approaches (e.g. Orçamento participativo (Wikipedia)),
as it explicitely targets 'big' topics on national or even supranationel level.