Interesting post on my wiki by Bayle Shanks about Liquid Democracy.

Bayle Shanks
Another option is LiquidDemocracy . In LiquidDemocracy , everyone does indeed get to vote on every issue. But you can give your vote to a proxy. AND, they can give your vote to their proxy. So, say you don't know much about the space program -- you give your votes on things relating to the space program to someone who has similar political views to you but who knows more about the space program (and they can pass the vote on if they choose).

It seems to me that LiquidDemocracy solves the "ordinary people have no time to learn about every issue" problem.

One way to look at LiquidDemocracy is as representative democracy, but much more fine-grained; you don't have to elect just one guy to represent you on every issue, you can have different specialists for different issues. Second, there is no GerryMandering (at least, not in the process of choosing representatives); your single vote empowers your chosen representative a little bit; you don't have to get more than 50% of the people in your area to vote for the same guy before there is any effect.

More on the idea here (these pages are a bit murky, though; but there are some good "scenarios" in LiquidDemocracyVotingSystem ):

http://twistedmatrix.com/users/jh.twistd/python/moin.cgi/LiquidDemocracyVotingSystem

http://purl.net/wiki/python/LiquidDemocracy

-- BayleShanks

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Your more link is fubar

Weird... It works for me.

Found it. Should be fixed. Thanks.

Joi, I've been trying to make comments on the ED wiki page for a few days, but cannot. Is it possible it sized out?

Weird. I just edited and it works fine. What's the error you get?

Joi, I can see how this coule really take off (at least technically) as decentralized P2P reputation systems grow in sophistication. Using adaptive algorithms and a personally evolving reputation based proxy system, governmental systems could increasingly synchronize more precisely with people's desires and wishes.

Hello

I really appreciate the directions democracy is taking: even more democracy.
Here is my project, which has been in the works for the last 4 years (and will probably be so for the next 50) -> VeniVidiVoti. You need to go in the "specifications" text to really have an idea what it is about.

It's a mix between participative and representative democracies, so it might very well fit in the concept of liquid democracy. But its focus is more on permanent votes and collaborative writing.

Have a look, and don't hesitate to contact me, I'd like to talk about all those concepts!

(irc.freenode.net, channel: #april, nick: echarp)

This must be an idea whose time has come. I am working on a research paper on a very similar concept under the working titles "Dynamic Recoverable Proxy" and "Citizens Proxies".

Fans may also be interested in "http://www.directrep.org/" which offers another similar concept.

Vivarto's NetConferencePlus (open source) implements a form of this. Check out the demo.

I've also come up with the Liquid Democracy concept through my own reading and thinking. There is a way to embed liquid democracy into our current representative system by electing representatives in one or more districts who will vote according to the dictates of the liquid democracy system used by their constituents. If several districts with such enlightened elected representatives used the same liquid democracy system, those representatives could pool their legislative votes to represent their constituents' views proportionally on each issue.

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