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Enabling technological solutions for Direct Democracy

bi-directional communication: query the citizen occasionally with questions/info

b. Large-scale multi-participant discussion

place in which thousands of citizens will be able to discuss

while avoiding clutter

everyone can easily find something that will enrich him

& possibly also contribute himself

incurage informative and nice talks

discussing in logic tree

diffrnaitae between facts, views, theories, values, conclstions etc

scale with number of diff views not on number of particpents

become more mature and reach over time

easly relate to other discctions and "info pages"

Enable 3 Direct Democracy mechanisms

a. Government/ Parlament/court/local gov transparency

What does the government do, budgets, what are gov officals doing right now- "twiter", what are the palns for coming futrue

What information does it have, New node

c. Decision making mechanism

a place in which a group can make decisions based on, advice, public discussion, scientific debate

if possible, by concensus, while avoing negative "group thinking"

if not, by majority

enjoing, info and knoladge of msny brains and viewpoints

avoidng, laowest delimter, popolisem, elite enforcment positive loop

dilamas, one man - one voice VS no power without responcebiltes (benfit to knoladge)

Enabling technologies


Text clustering & aggregation, group messages together based on semantic similarity

Causal relations, map causal relations between effects described in messages, automatically, using machine learning, semantic technologies & emergence mechanisms combining them, manually, e.g., when entering a message, ask also for possible causes & effects, while the user enters them, search & automatically suggest other messages that may match the entered text

Rating & filtering, Enable thumb up/down voting on messages, Make messages visibility correspond to their rating

Self-organizing maps, present discussions in a spatial maps, in which the messages automatically position themselves, based on their semantics or context

Personal assistents/representatives, represent the citizen in discussions with other citizens, 1 person can't have a conversation with thousands of others, his virtual representative can

Semantic/context aware routing, maintain concept/tag cloud for citizens, that also includes the known attributes in their profile, & use it to route relevant messages to them, e.g., route messages related to education in city X to person Y based on her previous messages, occupation & address

Limit message size in discussions to X characters, with the option of links to further content

Add dimensions to messages, that enable intelligent focus/attention management, e.g., Importance/urgency/value, Effort/complexity/cost, Dimensions will be collaboratively edited, Focus charts can be used to direct attention to the discussions/messages that most require/deserve focus, Appear in the magic quadrant of the focus chart

Slicing by tags & dimensions, Enable view filtering by tags (explicit or implicit) & message dimenions

Quick entry mode for easy\rvoice of the people area, Supporting also anomimous mode, for reporting corruptness &c, Where people can very easily report problems or request changes


Show discussions as a logical flow toward an agreed goal, stages in the flow are aggregated opinions/explanations/alternative solutions, transitions between stages are based on logical causation, resulting graph looks like an octoput in which, the head is the agreed goal, every leg is an alternative for achieving the agreed goal, enable voting and discussions around stages, enable comparison between stages, enable voting and discussion around the transitions, in effort to break assumptions

Simulate suggested solutions to enable better understanding of their implications & results, Using, Just textual collaborative discussion of an imagined solution, Implementation of the solution in a virtual world (e.g., Second Life), Multi-agents system simulation

Implement decision support tools, e.g., WikiDebate, Test and improve, Delphi method, IPA, Dotmocracy

Embed secured online voting systems for the final decision, e.g., Open-Audit voting systems, such as Helios

Transparancy mechnisems

What does the government do


tax reductions


what are gov officals doing right now- "twiter"

what are the palns for coming futrue

laws and regulations

open code

conserns for conflict intrests

michrazim, buy equipments

What information does it have

statistics on citizens, firms, fenomams (CBS), Tools, Google Visulazing,

distrebution of common resourcesa common infastructure (air, bech, land, water, roads , schools, hospitals etc)

commns iamges, texts

in monicipalites

construction plans

city palning

New Node