- RSVP for early bird tickets w/ Sanitago Siri of Democracy.Earth.
- Realize this is dense & obscure - for background, see, well, more overlong posts: my public proposal for the open X11 standard, which could turn currently-closed-off social media posts into official e-petitions locatable in a government district; how open data standards can create a 311-like user experience for contacting your elected officials at every level of government; and how non-profit civic hacking leads to more responsive government.
- Please keep in mind, as I've gently tried to remind: politically-engaged U.S. internet users are not currently able to take full advantage of the potential of open technology for a participatory and responsive representative democracy, largely b/c many legacy players seek to protect their business models and government institutions are resistant to more-strong public accountability measures.
- Unfortunately, almost no one reading this is in a position of trust & influence over Republican primary voters. None of the Tweets & FB posts that make progressives feel better will be seen, much less affect, Republican primary voters, due to the "filter bubble" problem and hyper-partisanship.
- One mantra here might be "Never Tweet, pay for local organizers and invest in local voter-registration capacity", but I'll close out instead with: there might be workable tech fixes on the horizon, for many of these problems, and maybe it'll be awesome and seamless and liberating. Questions & feedback welcome, david at ppolitics.org.
- — David Moore (@ppolitics)Wed, Nov 22 2017 14:48:33NYC, grab your early bird tickets now, looks incredible. (Shucks I can’t attend that night, but following Santi’s work closely - read the Sept. white paper!) I could talk for hours - open-source already gave tools for liquid democracy, but blockchain is a huge potential level up. https://twitter.com/crypto_nyc/status/932790537723305984 …
- — David Moore (@ppolitics)Wed, Nov 22 2017 14:53:43white paper, v.0.1: http://bit.ly/defpaper -"New forms of governance must acknowledge the networked commons connecting humanity...and its inherent inability to address pressing global issues such as climate change, rising inequality, terrorism, automation and forced migrations."
- — David Moore (@ppolitics)Wed, Nov 22 2017 15:01:55networked commons can use blockchain for liquid feedback vote-delegation (e.g. on #netneutrality), flash polls, p2p organizing w/in jurisdictions - types of uses I've been proposing for open data standards for constituent communications, it's a kind of hack itself in my thinking-
- — David Moore (@ppolitics)Wed, Nov 22 2017 15:07:32an open community tech practitioner often asks me, re: direct democracy, "Of what are you afraid?" Responses are too long to type, even for me here on 280 Twttr- but I believe any rational political agent has to look at climate policy catastrophe and see cause & need for upheaval
- — David Moore (@ppolitics)Wed, Nov 22 2017 15:24:37
- — David Moore (@ppolitics)Wed, Nov 22 2017 15:30:24
- — David Moore (@ppolitics)Wed, Nov 22 2017 15:37:28@HouseCommerce @RepMGriffith I picked Rep. Griffith at random, seems he didn't have an R primary challenge '16; VA-09 is of course rated safe-R, general election was 69%-28%, down from 72% in '14. So Rep. Griffith's base in SW VA is ~200k voters, centered around Bristol. How can #netneutrality campaign reach
- — David Moore (@ppolitics)Wed, Nov 22 2017 15:40:56@HouseCommerce @RepMGriffith currently VA-09 supporters of #NetNeutrality (voters or non-) are silo'd b/w state party voter files, advocacy group e-mail lists, social media posts and news/blog comments. Each entity seeks to defend & develop their list. Whereas open standards would enable p2p local organizing
- — David Moore (@ppolitics)Wed, Nov 22 2017 15:44:58@HouseCommerce @RepMGriffith w/ institutional support of open standards for contacting Congress, residents of Roanoke in VA-09 could self-organize & crowd-fund local coordinator for district meetings & "citizen lobbying" on cost of internet for econ. dev. & small-biz. Standards like "X11" are still possible,
- — David Moore (@ppolitics)Wed, Nov 22 2017 15:47:19@HouseCommerce @RepMGriffith but maybe instead of "personal bill voting" commercial platforms that jump to next hot topic and filter-bubbled social media rants, blockchain will offer Alleghany residents a solution for flash-polling opinions on #NetNeutrality, enough that Rep. Griffith's consultants take note
- — David Moore (@ppolitics)Wed, Nov 22 2017 16:19:14Part of what drives my frustration is that civic engagement advocates say "take this action," and disaffected respond fairly, "what difference will it make?" It's tough in gerrymandered states for progressives & libertarians to find an outlet, other than posts w/in filter bubbles
- — David Moore (@ppolitics)Wed, Nov 22 2017 16:22:23nat'l parties are huge machines that suck up resources from states; state gov'ts beholden to arcane, legacy networks of lobbyist influence. I don't believe for-profit #civictech offers strongest direct response for U.S. rep. democracy. Look to the commons: https://medium.com/@ppolitics/askthem-has-a-strategy-for-re-engagement-9f260d72d72f …
- — David Moore (@ppolitics)Wed, Nov 22 2017 16:54:58
- — David Moore (@ppolitics)Wed, Nov 22 2017 17:02:25@ezraklein @pewresearch focusing on public trust as key metric, my argument is on relative ROI of for-profit vs. non-profit tech for greater participation & engagement - I'm out here seeking to point to CrunchBase numbers on VC funding rounds of former, vs. scale of use through gov't adoption of latter.
- — David Moore (@ppolitics)Wed, Nov 22 2017 17:18:52practitioners might reply, it’s not a valid comparison, former is a sustainable and robust social impact biz, latter is open commons resource. To which I say sure, that’s why it’s an issue for U.S. democracy if 98% of investment is in former, why #civictech is not a “big tent”.
- — David Moore (@ppolitics)Wed, Nov 22 2017 17:22:00
- — David Moore (@ppolitics)Wed, Nov 22 2017 17:33:46which, c’est la vie; resistance groups are testing new civic startup tools, and social media platforms will come through w/ a last-minute solution. But observers know that what we’re doing aren’t most direct programs for greater trust in rep. democracy. Open projects stand ready.
- — David Moore (@ppolitics)Wed, Nov 22 2017 17:43:58I'm biased, but I've been idealistic enough to put into writing a better balance of #civictech investment for trust in gov't: http://www.participatorypolitics.org/open-data-infrastructure/#funding … Many ways to get there, e.g. a Civic Commons city pool or micro-donors, but #opengov field needs champions at a modest 2x, not 10x
Blockchain and Liquid Democracy
Ahead of NYC event w/ Democracy.Earth, Thurs. Dec. 14th, 6:30 pm