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An open, facebook-integrated instant global democracy

As of today, the world's first truly open facebook-integrated global instant democracy is a reality. Unlike other voting systems online - reddit and ted.com comments etc. - it's not about voting on the opinions. It's about voting on their subjects.

Why are subjects important? Because for the first time we can actually say what someone's opinion is really about. And group votes for or against those subjects. It makes no sense to vote for a hashtag but voting for or against subjects that share hashtags makes a race - and a whole new kind of democracy.

This kind of democracy is a Facebook game that turns voting into a social act. When people go into some dark room and pull a lever or press a button you've got all that BS about hanging chads and who watches the watchmen and lobbyism and so on. But when everyone's opinions on every subject are open and public - when everyone's votes can be counted by everyone - that's a democracy you can trust.

Right now this is alpha software, brand spanking new, without a lot of important content. But if you care about democracy, if you can stand up for or against something - if something really matters to you from cafeteria lunches to the way your taxes are spent - this new way to argue and win or lose an argument is the way forward.

We waste opinions all over the internet - they can't count if we don't count them. But try http://www.doshmosh.com and speak your mind. Pick a side. Make a choice. Take a stand. Connect to the people who feel the same way you do - take power back from the bureaucrats and share it with the people you trust - your friends.

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Closing Statement from Peter Merel

The feedback here has been very helpful. In particular Pavlin Angelov's criticism of the funding model has caused us to rethink it. We're moving it to become more in line with the Google Adsense/Adwords model. Thanks to everyone for your comments.

If you'd like to learn more there's a deeper and saltier discussion of the way DoshMosh works at http://dudespaper.com/dudeism-the-first-religion-with-a-moshpit.html/ .

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    Oct 8 2012: Also interesting to note how many other Australians are thinking along these lines. One other question - what comparisons and differences do you see between your model and Liquid Democracy as practiced by the Pirate Party?
    • Oct 8 2012: Hi Austin,

      Liquid Democracy is a great way to enforce accountability in representative government, a very nice generalisation of the original Swiss canton system.It's great to see it used by a real party, and more power to them.

      DoshMosh as a form of direct democracy uses negative feedback as its method of governance. Where Liquid Democracy enables members to delegate decisions to others, DoshMosh provides bonus votes to users when others vote for their opinions. This encourages alliance and outreach, and enables the negative feedback to achieve a concrete effect.

      Simply, if a DoshMosh user's karma drops below zero, bonus votes are no longer awarded to them. This encourages users to put up opinions that will appeal to their audience and raise their karma, and to abandon opinions that cause their karma to drop.

      Each subject in DoshMosh can be represented by its most popular opinion, providing something akin to the Liquid Democracy refinement of decisions. But DoshMosh has a semi-lattice information architecture in its social and semantic structure where Liquid Democracy uses tree structures. Semi-lattices enable a richer space of social relationships per Chris Alexander's famous observations in "A City Is Not A Tree" - http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic1050153.files/A%20City%20is%20not%20a%20Tree.pdf .

      The Facebook open graph integration encourages the same semi-lattice style of relationship. So DoshMosh focuses on provision of a peer to peer democratic social network where Liquid Democracy better supports a hierarchy of political relationships.

      That is by intent on both parts. Combining the two systems in some manner is an interesting idea. I'll give it some thought. Meanwhile please feel very welcome to try DoshMosh out, Austin - where the Pirate Party is a going concern, DoshMosh has only been on its feet for a week, and we're actively looking for folk like yourself to help it shake down.

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