The Pirate Party Logs a New Politics THE sudden roar erupting from the Jägerklause bar in east Berlin’s bohemian Friedrichshain district late on a recent Sunday sounded like the usual soccer-match pandemonium. But the crowd inside, with their jeans and sneakers and easygoing looks, didn’t seem like typical soccer fanatics. Nor did they look like political operatives — but that’s what they were: members of the upstart Pirate Party, which had just scored a key electoral victory in the small western state of Saarland. The German Pirates, founded in 2006 and long dismissed as a niche party obsessed with copyright reform and online privacy, picked up four seats in the Saarland regional Parliament, twice as many as the once strong Green Party — and far more than the pro-business Free Democrats, who were shut out. This month they face their biggest challenge, with elections in two more states, including North Rhine-Westphalia, the country’s most populous. They come at the right time. If Mr.
Direct Democracy, 2.0 Angelika Warmuth/DPA, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Members of the Pirate Party attended a conference in Neumünster, Germany, last month. I FIRST took real notice of the Pirates last summer during the campaign for city elections in Berlin. German electioneering is quaint, even faintly musty by American standards. “Why am I hanging here anyway?” When the Pirates captured a surprising 9 percent of the vote, I ventured out to their election-night party at a scruffy club in the traditional counterculture neighborhood of Kreuzberg. Though the Pirates are mostly known as a one-issue party advocating Internet freedom, Mr. The idea of electing someone as your proxy for two, four or even six long years may have been a necessity in the days of the American Constitutional Convention, when representatives rode to the capital by horseback. “Written language allowed people to communicate over time, the printing press to reach people en masse,” Mr.
(4) Proposal: Sociocratic Phone/FB/Computer Application LiquidFeedback – Interactive Democracy Liquid Democracy: Web Platform Makes Professor Most Powerful Pirate Martin Haase doesn't have to give any hard-hitting speeches at party conferences, nor does he spend time at board meetings or in back rooms to hone his power. When the 49-year-old professor wants to engage in politics, he just opens his laptop and logs in to Liquid Feedback, the Pirate Party's online platform for discussing and voting on political proposals. For hours at a time, the political newcomers (the Pirates first formed in Germany in 2006) discuss their party's goals, and each member has the opportunity to use Liquid Feedback as a platform to promote his or her positions -- which can range from the Pirate Party fielding its own presidential candidate to the appeal to deescalate the conflict with Iran. It isn't always easy to secure a majority for a given cause on the site. Until Haase intervenes, that is. Seven Percent Support Nationwide Polls show the Pirate Party enjoying the support of up to 7 percent of voters nationwide. A Net Movement Takes Shape A Powerful Professor
Delegative democracy Delegative democracy is a form of democratic control whereby voting power is vested in delegates, rather than representatives. This term is a generic description of either already existing or proposed popular control apparatuses. The delegative form The prototypical delegative democracy has been summarized by Bryan Ford in his paper, Delegative Democracy, as containing the following principles: Choice of Role: Each member can choose to take either a passive role as an individual or an active role as a delegate, differentiating this from representative forms in which only specified representatives are allowed. Variations on this general model most certainly exist, and this outline is only mentioned here for orientation within a general model. Contrasted with representative democracy Crucial to the understanding of delegate democracy is the theory's view of the meaning of "representative democracy." This is contrasted with most forms of governance referred to as "delegative."
Proxy voting Proxy voting is a form of voting whereby some members of a decision-making body may delegate their voting power to other members of the same body to vote in their absence, and/or to select additional representatives. A person so designated is called a "proxy" and the person designating him or her is called a "principal". Proxy appointments can be used to form a voting bloc that can exercise greater influence in deliberations or negotiations. Proxy voting is a particularly important practice with respect to corporations; in the United States, investment advisers often vote proxies on behalf of their client accounts. The United States parliamentary manual Riddick's Rules of Procedure notes that, under proxy voting, voting for officers should be done by ballot, due to the difficulties involved in authentication if a member simply calls out, "I cast 17 votes for Mr. X Proxy voting is also an important feature in corporate governance through the proxy statement. Legislatures Thomas E.
Liquid Democracy Association = promoting and creating software tools for deliberative democracy ... URL = "The Liquid Democracy Association is a non-profit and non-partisan organisation that works on innovative ideas and projects for democratic participation. Our goal is to establish a transparent democratic principle in both the political and social domain based on strengthening the citizens’ participation. We are working on ideas and projects that will make our modern democracy more transparent and flexible. The work of the Liquid Democracy Association encompasses both the theoretical conception and the practical implementation of software projects. Modern media allow new forms of communication and interaction which can be used to strengthen democratic and discourse-oriented participation. "What does the Liquid Democracy Association stand for? The Liquid Democracy Association is a non-profit and non-partisan organisation that works on innovative ideas and projects for democratic participation.
Fed up with politics? Join the "Pirate Party" By Fareed Zakaria, CNN This past week, New York might have seemed to be the center of the world. But the political story that struck me came not from the corridors of the United Nations but thousands of miles away in the city-state of Berlin, Germany. You might have heard about the group called "The Pirate Party" that has burst on to Germany's political scene. The Economist magazine jokingly writes that it sounds like a party whose name was dreamed up at Octoberfest, Germany's annual beer festival. Actually, its ideology centers around internet freedom. Well, it turns out their movement was founded in Sweden five years ago with a focus on copyright and patent law. "Liquid feedback" is a phrase that struck a chord. A new World Economic Forum poll of experts from a range of fields finds that less than 10 percent have confidence in the state of global governance. But these are small steps and they're unlikely to address a basic mismatch.
Theoretical foundations | Liquid Democracy e.V. The association offers a platform to discuss central concepts dealing with participative democracy. One of the core theories is Direct Parliamentarism that the devolpment of Adhocracy is based on. Moreover, Liquid Democracy as on overarching concept and delegated voting as a main component play an integral role for the association. Direct Parliamentarism Direct Parliamentarism is the central theory that the software Adhocracy is based on. Liquid Democracy Liquid Democracy consists of a variety of different concepts, which include the principle of delegated voting. Delegated Voting Delegated Voting describes the possibility of a participant delegating her or his vote to another participant or group of participants, who then are able to vote on her or his behalf.
Direct Parliamentarism | Liquid Democracy e.V. In terms of Direct Parliamentarism we work on a concept that links advantages of the parlamentary system to the capabilities of direct democracy. Thereby, we put special emphasis on the applicability of the concept of Direct Parliamentarism to all areas of society in which people want to develop solutions in a discursive process according to democratic standards. This applies to parties, associations, parliaments, as well as other organisations. Discourse In Direct Parliamentarism discourse is considered as one of the key conditions for legitimate decions. In our mind Direct Parliamentarism relates- also due to the usage of modern technological achievements that were not available in the past- the strengths of both system and thereby eliminates their deficiencies. Ideas Although Direct Parliamentarism enables a dynamic delegation according to the concept of delegated voting (proxy voting) ideas rather than people are being focused on. Level of discourse Dynamic delegation
Public Software Group e. V. · LiquidFeedback LiquidFeedback is an open-source software, powering internet platforms for proposition development and decision making. LiquidFeedback is an independent open source project published under MIT license by the Public Software Group of Berlin, Germany. The developers of LiquidFeedback have joined together in the Interaktive Demokratie association to promote the use of electronic media for democratic processes. For general information about the software, visit liquidfeedback.org. Technical information and download below. Current version: LiquidFeedback 3.2 Core v3.2.2Frontend v3.2.1 (use with WebMCP 2.1.0 and Moonbridge 1.0.1) Download The implementation of LiquidFeedback splits into two parts: Installation instructions The LiquidFeedback Frontend contains an installation guide (file install.html). More information
Online Voting in U.S., Despite Risks, Should Be Developed Timothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesPeople waiting to vote in Boston. Last Tuesday, millions of Americans stood in long lines to cast their votes. Some read articles about the election. Once in the voting booth, they slipped their phones into their pockets and purses and, in many cases, picked up a pen and a piece of paper to cast their ballot. So at a time when we can see video shot by a robot on Mars, when there are cars that can drive themselves, and when we can deposit checks on our smartphones without going to a bank, why do most people still have to go to a polling place to vote? That’s because, security experts say, letting people vote through their phones or computers could have disastrous consequences. “I think it’s a terrible idea,” said Barbara Simons, a former I.B.M. researcher and co-author of the book “Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?” Ms. “It’s a national security issue,” Ms. Of course, many of those concerns make sense. Ronald L. Mr.
Could Technology Remove the Politicians From Politics? - Motherboard The tech industry has talked long and hard about democratizing industries. Democratizing content, democratizing taxi-cabs, and democratizing bed and breakfasts. But what about democratizing democracy? Disruption is the word of the moment in Washington, thanks to an incoming president who counts his inexperience in government as an asset. The idea of a political representative evolved out of necessity. Horses became model T's became jets flying politicians from their constituencies to the District of Columbia, ostensibly to have an ear to the ground in their home state and a hand to the buzzers on the Senate floor. The Republican President-elect scored votes by calling Washington "corrupt" and "criminal," "rigged" and "stagnant," but "quaint" is the first adjective I think of. So why do we still send politicians to Washington to read bills and press buzzers? What if your city council member was an empty vessel whose every decision you voted for on your smartphone?