InstaGov is a set of tools for instant self-governance via computer network. It is currently under development. It will be open-source and distributed/federated.
In order to work towards these goals, it is necessary to better understand the mechanics of power.
Restrictions on the sampling of public opinion, and its conversion into binding decisions, are a thing which may once have been necessary but which is now basically preventing democracy from taking place. "restrictions on the sampling of public opinion" means:
Proposed changes (there are some details to work out in each of these, but this is the basic idea):
- CitizenOS: proprietary decisionmaking platform
- DemocracyOS: liquid democracy implementation (via via author on Mastodon): code is on GitHub
- Liquid Agenda and the Debate Mapper could probably benefit from having a UI like this, at least as an option. (author on Mastodon)
- The Humanity Online Project
- Liquid Feedback (a project of the Pirate Party)
- Make Your Laws: main site .. wiki .. Google+
proprietary / centralized
- Deliberator: very similar to Liquid Agenda, but more heavily moderated and produced
- Kialo: similar to debate mapper
- Loomio: "a user-friendly tool for group decision-making. Creating a world where it’s easy for anyone to participate in decisions that affect them." Subscription is pay-what-you-like; looks like interaction may be limited to "groups".
- Participedia "open global knowledge community for researchers and practitioners in the field of democratic innovation and public engagement."
- PopVox (Google+): tell US Congress your opinion of bills
- WikiVote "Russian non-governmental organization which goal is to develop effective means of citizens’ participation in lawmaking and strategic planning"
- The Spark "Users post and vote on PROBLEMS that we face as a global community. The most popular problems are voted to the top. Users then post and vote on SOLUTIONS so that the community can take ACTION." - sounds similar to liquid agenda
- wikipedia:Participatory politics: hierarchical representation carried out more thoroughly
- wikipedia:Rational consensus: the method is not currently described in the article, but perhaps the article will be expanded soon. A user has described this system thusly: "ideas are based on known facts and good practices."