liquid feedback

Yep not liquid football; liquid feedback.

You may have heard of this open source software based decision making system before – David Bollier has a review of the book of Liquid Feeback which the creators have just brought out.

Now I think the potential impact of the internet generally and open source software in particular on decision making whether by political organisations, business, or government has not yet been even slightly realised.

I will also admit right here that I’ve not used Liquid Feedback yet, so I might be missing something…

However according to the website

The basic idea is a democratic system in which most issues are decided (or strongly suggested to representatives) by direct referendum. Considering nobody has enough time and knowledge for every issue, votes can be dynamically delegated by topic. Delegations are transitive and can be revoked at any time. Liquid Democracy is sometimes referred to as »Delegated« or »Proxy Voting«.

more here

Now as I said – I’ve not used Liquid Feedback and of course it’s free and open source which is entirely laudable.

But. And it’s a big but. Surely open or secret ballots and polling and online discussions can be run quite easily by anyone who wants to using simple wordpress blogs or php forums or plug ins or widgets or whatever for any number of online platforms?

It feels to me like a solution for a problem that doesn’t really exist.

Am I missing something?

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