Gore says ‘democracy has been hacked’ at SXSW

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ? Al Gore says that “democracy has been hacked” and is calling on the Internet to improve government.

Gore sat for a conversation with Napster co-founder and Web entrepreneur Sean Parker on Monday at the South By Southwest Conference and Festival. The two engaged in a ranging, hour-long talk about the intersection of the Internet and government.

Gore urged the audience of thousands in attendance and those watching the live-streamed discussion to begin a new “Occupy Democracy” movement. He pushed for the creation and implementation of digital tools and social media to change what he called a no-longer functional U.S. government.

Parker said he believes the Internet is on the brink of new capabilities that can stoke political change and make electioneering less dominated by television.