Al Gore at SXSW: "Our democracy has been hacked"

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Tue, Mar 13th, 2012 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Former vice president Al Gore spoke at South By Southwest urging tech nerds to use their digital tools to improve the state of government.

"Our democracy has been hacked," said Gore, framing Washington gridlock and the effects of special interest money in digital terms.

To fix what he called a no-longer functional U.S. government, Gore urged the audience to begin a new "Occupy Democracy" movement. He pushed for the creation and implementation of digital tools and social media to "change the democratic conversation."

Gore talked of a "Wiki-democracy" of "digital flash mobs calling out the truth" and "a government square that holds people accountable."

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