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Direct & liquid democracy, participatory budgeting  - 
 
 
MEP Julia Reda is hosting a meetup on liquid democracy at Brussels (Nov. 29 - Dec 1), and I've been invited to attend. There's also a subsequent hackathon (Dec 2-3) where I'll be working on MYL.

If you'll be in the area or attending either event, please let me know. Looks like it'll be a very enjoyable and productive. :-)  - +Sai 
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Airesis - The Social Network for E-Democracy

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E-Democracy international platform
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Thank you Vanessa, we are vorking at the 4.0 version and the 2015 roadmap, if you have special feature you may need please give us feedback here http://www.airesis.it/groups/tecnologie-democratiche/proposals/5825-piano-di-azione-2015  the proposal is in italian but if you write there in English we will take your contribution and respond in English to you
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Make Your Laws

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Just submitted our proposal for a lab at the +Council of Europe's 2014 World Forum for Democracy (http://www.coe.int/en/web/world-forum-democracy) entitled "Private campaign finance: practical solutions for political equality".

WFD 2013 was a wonderful experience, and I hope to be back in Strasbourg this November to talk about what MYL PAC is doing now. - +Sai  
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Lee kowalski Walker

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We at +Loomio have launched our crowdfunding campaign for Loomio 1.0. Please support us in giving something amazing back to the world
We're changing the way the world makes decisions together. Building a tool for truly inclusive decision-making, not majority-rules polling, but actually coming up with solutions that work for everyone.
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Lee kowalski Walker

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"the hells of capitalism create the desperate; the desperate act-desperately!"
Voltairine de Cleyre
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shahidul alam

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Hi Everyone. Great to be together again. A piece I'd written on Mandela (sometime ago). http://www.shahidulnews.com/67-minutes-for-madiba
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Quentin Grimaud

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How can we download the videos of the labs?
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Try getting them directly from the page?

E.g. http://www.coe.int/web/world-forum-democracy/deferred-transmission/-/asset_publisher/sMxWO41JBwRq/content/lab-1 (etc) points to http://tv-webcast.org/forum/en/forum14.html points to http://cedhflash.dbee.com/z/cedhmp4/20131129/20131129_LAB1_,200k,350k,700k,_e.mp4.csmil/manifest.f4m%3Fstart%3D1180%26end%3D10020

… which doesn't seem to be directly accessible, but there are various generic "save flash to video" tools you could probably use.

Hopefully the CoE will put it on YouTube and/or make it available for download directly. (+Sandrine Marolleau?).
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Enver Ethemer

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Pls CIRCULATE MYSHOW @EnvisionDiversi @MYCYradio every2wksTUE 18-19 http://mycyradio.eu/listenwatch-live/ … Shape&build change4diversity
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Sai (saizai)
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MEP Julia Reda (Pirate Party) is hosting a liquid democracy meetup in Brussels Nov 29 - Dec 1. See link to participate. There's a hackathon immediately after (Dec 2-3).
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Steven Clift

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For all the great people that I met at the WFD in 2013 interested in digital democracy, I invite you join the nearly 2,000 person Open Government and Civic Technology Facebook Group.
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with...
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The link goes right to the group.
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Sai (saizai)
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Our summary & comments on the 2 FEC #Bitcoin drafts are @  https://makeyourlaws.org/fec/bitcoin#drafts.

You're welcome to join our live hangout on Apr 23 @ https://plus.google.com/events/cg6fvrd55f4cvt9vi4uvtqockfk.
Bitcoin contributions to PACs. The first and second drafts are up, as are our comments and summary. You can comment too. On April 23rd, we'll broadcast the first FEC meeting as a live hangout, where you can participate. Our request | Drafts & our response | Official documents ...
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Make Your Laws

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Feel free to ask if you have any questions. :-)
 
Our FEC advisory opinion request about Bitcoin, AO 2014-02 (makeyourlaws.org/fec/bitcoin), is set to be heard by the Commission this Thursday (fec.gov/agenda/2014/agenda20140403.shtml). I expect to be appearing to represent +Make Your Laws before the Commission by phone.

The first draft AO should be online at some point before then.

I also expect that this will be only the first in possibly two or three hearings on the matter; they asked for an extension until May 9th for a reason. ;-) - +Sai 
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Lee kowalski Walker

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Filling out this form was more effort than not voting.
 
The European Commission's open consultation on copyright ends in less than a week on Mar. 5!

You can use any of these great platforms that make it easy for users to submit their own comments.
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Marci Harris

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Hi everyone, +Robert Girling and I shared impressions on the #COE_WFD . Would love your thoughts.
The list of online democratic platforms has swelled in just the last few years. Germany's Pirate Party, Italy's Five Star Movement and Iceland's Citizens Foundation are just a few examples of civic gr
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Sai (saizai)
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Youth and/or Direct Representation Parties

For those of you who have proportional representation parliaments, a couple suggestions:

1. Youth could create a party of their own, with actual youth MPs.

AFAICT, the percentage of voting age youth (let's say 18-29 years old) in Europe is approx. 10-20%. That's more than the ~5% of the general vote needed to get seats in parliament, even after average voter turnout.

IMHO, it's always better to actually have power yourself than to merely ask those in power to please consider your perspective. In the US, this would be completely impossible (our political system is 99% a first-past-the-post duopoly, at all levels). In the EU, looking from the outside, it seems to me that it's completely feasible, though it'd certainly be hard (and very unusual).

Would the youth reps @ WFD be interested in forming a bona fide political party? Would the CoE or others be able to support such a party?


2. Direct representation could also be a (non-partisan) party.

In short, direct representation is when someone is elected who promises to simply vote how their constituents tell them to (e.g. through a liquid democracy system). It's a way to bootstrap direct/liquid democracy from within a representative democracy.

In the US, it's unfortunately fairly far off (though a couple minor candidates have tried, e.g.  +Jeremy Hansen  and Phil Dodds); it's something I intend to create w/ makeyourlaws.org, but is years/decades in the future even in a best case scenario. We're just starting from a much different place legally; for third parties to be actually viable at all would require a lot of change, so my strategy in the US doesn't depend on using a direct rep party.

In the EU, though… this could be an actual party; somewhat like the +Piratenpartei in structure, but minus its specific ideology (though of course they could still be influential proxies), and probably with significantly different resulting votes in each jurisdiction (since people will have different preferences).

+Joonas Pekkanen is starting this (for Finland 2015, IIRC). See https://groups.google.com/group/direct-rep if you're interested in doing this anywhere.


Thoughts?

posted @ WFD mailing list: https://groups.google.com/d/msg/coe_wfd/b7p1gfOd0Ig/7ZhYE2BUqZQJ
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Sandrine Marolleau

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Transparency LAB 5 was published only today, 96 hours later and severely CENSORED. 

http://www.coe.int/web/world-forum-democracy/deferred-transmission/-/asset_publisher/sMxWO41JBwRq/content/lab-5

We identified two big CUTS, no blurs, no beeps, bare CUTS :

First cut Assen Yordanov: 0h:46':04'' 

"Me in my practice I have an order for assassination from a high level prosecutor for example…

!!! CENSORED HERE: SLIDES EXPLAINING WHY WHISTLEBLOWING MATTERS AND DOCUMENTS OBTAINED THROUGH FOIA !!! 

...How Balkanleaks works and how it can safely obtain this information..." 

Second cut Atanas Tchobanov: 0h:50':15'' 

"In the months following we got important documents… 

!!! CENSORED HERE: SLIDES EXPOSING BALKANLEAKS HEADLINES !!! 

...We can say it's a success."

We published a video explaining those cuts here:

World Forum of Democracy Balkanleaks CoEnsored Video

You can read more about the reasons we were censored here: 

https://www.bivol.bg/balkanleaks-coe-censorship-english.html

Press release here:

https://www.bivol.bg/censorship-coe-press-release.html

WFD organizers didn't respond to our demand to obtain the UNCENSORED video.
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