Telematic Tools for Continuous Democracy
What we are trying to build is not yet another Open Source web application.
As you can see from the image on the left, we want to build a new suite of web applications that can tackle the main problems faced by political or democratically-run organizations:
"how to communicate, discuss and deliberate securely using telematics services and provide users a way to verify that their information is not being wiretapped or modified in any way?"
We are elaborating different strategies which can be combined to reach this goal. Ranging from democratic models to run an organization and research on e-Voting, to a mix of software tools that promote democratic organizing:
- Decide2Gether: an add-on module providing Functionality and User Interface for online voting. Can be plugged into our other applications or into your custom web application;
- Draft2Gether: a collaborative text feedback tool, allowing groups of 8-100 people to participate in commenting on and amending documents to rapidly reach consensus. Can be used under Rule2Gether, under Do2Gether or as a stand-alone application. Can make use of Decide2Gether to add the ability for users to vote and automatically approve/reject text amendments;
- Rule2Gether: a general-purpose consensus-building and decision-making tool, to organize agenda items and proposals within any organization willing to empower its members by collecting their feedback. Can be used under Do2Gether or as a standalone application (we have a demo at www.rule2gether.com). Can make use of Decide2Gether to create elections such as "Elect top 10 Political Program Priorities", "Elect new Advisory Board members", etc...;
- Do2Gether: a political social networking and groups management tool. Can be the main container to run Rule2Gether, Draft2Gether and Decide2Gether applications, providing powerful integration and the most common groupware functionality.