Subject: Re: [NYCGA Internet] Participatory Voting Platform
From: Sam Boyer
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2011 10:57:36 -0700

ok, csv should work, though it's not optimal - can be weird escaping
issues sometimes. would getting JSON more publicly accessible be
feasible? wrt auth, i meant for getting access to the machine-readable data.

i ask about this because it seems clear to me that, if this were to
generate a bunch of interest, we'd want to roll the data generated by
that site into various other sites. (hey, this is the internet,
remashing data is what we do). could you point me to where that data is

On 10/16/11 10:29 AM, Mark Belinsky wrote:

The system is written in Ruby and all the data is available in machine
readable format. Currently, CSV is the easiest to get to. In terms of
authentication, do you mean user or machine. On the former, I'm curious
to get a FacebookSocial wrapper, so people can be anonymous or not,
according to their interest. Any Ruby people interested in helping?
There's room on other projects too (translation, etc). On the latter...


On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 1:24 PM, Sam Boyer <
<>> wrote:

    nifty. is the data generated by this site available for machine
    consumption? in what format? *crosses fingers for JSON* is there any
    kind of authentication?

    Mark Belinsky <
    <>> wrote:

Hi General Assembly innovators,

I've been working on this participatory decision-making platform
"allourideas" to get at a tangible way of real-time broad based
democratic decision making. Please check it out here: . It asks
you, to "Vote On Which Idea You Like Better". Feel free to click
    and vote.

In the next few days, I'm hoping we can gather volunteers to set up a
"voting booth." Basically people take with tablets at Freedom Park to
ask people to vote on the ideas that they'd like to see. If you're
interested in helping, please let me know and I'll include you as part
of the planning group.

This site is an initial attempt to see if the tool speaks to people.
Digital Democracy has had some successes with this with our friends in
Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, and I'm hoping we can take the lessons and
open source tools we've been working with around the world to continue
to support the marginalized, even in this country - the 99%. I hope to
hear from you. Thanks so much for your time.

Disclosure: All of the ideas on the allourideas site are currently
seeded from demands heard at #OWS and from unscientific polls that I've
seen covered in a variety of media sources. Fast company, CNN, WSJ &
occupywallstreet forum, plus Matt Taibbi. The site is completely open
and transparent. If you'd like to see an idea that's not currently in
the system, please add it, this site is open source, transparent,
participatory, and accountable to us all.

All the best,

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Mark Belinsky
President & Co-Founder
Digital Democracy
109 W 27 St, 6 Fl
New York, NY 10001 USA
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