Subject: [NYCGA-IWG] combine forces on liquid democracy / proxy voting system
From: Ingvar Bogdahn
Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2011 01:41:05 -0800 (PST)
To: internet_working_group@googlegroups.com

Hi again,

I heard that some people in NY started coding up a voting system, that allows participatory, direct democracy, similar to those principles to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proxy_voting  
Is that true? If yes, could somebody please point me to that team? Maybe it would be better to combine forces and work and improve existing things?
There already exist several such projects, two important ones that i know of (another good one in france) that are already pretty well-thought-out and stable. Why make up another new one? They are already in heavy use, i.e. by a the "pirates", a new party in germany that kickstarted to almost 10% and they base themselves on the ideal of "liquid democracy". Several other parties and dozens of associations use it, also some public institutions.
For more background on that, a working group fellow summed it up here http://piratenpad.de/occuliquid

There are at least two such systems:

adhocracy: http://trac.adhocracy.cc  and http://liqd.net/en  in real life (public german enquete commission "internet and digital society":)  www.enquetebeteiligung.de
"liquid feedback": http://www.public-software-group.org/liquid_feedback  and  http://liquidfeedback.org/mission/    see the work of that pirate party (german): https://lqfb.piratenpartei.de/pp/area/list.html

the systems themselves are of course completely translated in english, both.

what are your particular goals? I heard you want it to be decentralized? We might find a way to adapt the existing ones. They both use sql, but we might find a way to distribute I.e. some distributed file system, or there are some NoSQL that speak limited sql and have Acid transactions.

best,
Ingvar


PS: sorry for double posting, forgot some links.  Btw, is this the right forum? is it ok that I post things like that here?
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