Net Party

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The Net Party (Partido de la Red in Spanish) is an Argentinean political party that proposes an online form of liquid democracy it calls "net democracy", with the goal of getting elected a congressman to systematically vote according to what the citizenry decides online.

Proposed method[edit]

The Net Party created an open-source software (DemocracyOS) to be used as a new democratic participation instance, for citizens to:

  1. vote on existing legislative projects being discussed in the local parliament, so as to determine how the party´s congressman will vote; and
  2. propose and vote on new law proposals, to be officially presented by the party´s congressman if they meet a threshold of citizen support.

In the DemocracyOS software each citizen can either cast their vote or can delegate it on a trusted peer. Delegation is transitive and can be determined by topic (i.e. a user can delegate economics-related votes on a certain user, environment-related and health-related votes in another user, and keep the remaining topics for himself).

Since this app´s innovation is that it is linked to the formal political system through a "Trojan legislator", identity validation is a crucial component and is achieved through a separate app called NetIdentity.

History[edit]

The party was officially founded in April 2013, received the required support of 4000 citizens (to exist as a party) in August 2013, and ran for a seat in the local parliament of Buenos Aires during the October 2013 elections achieving 21.000 votes (1% of the votes). Is currently working to improve the DemocracyOS furthermore and to get elected its first congressman in the 2015 elections.

Resources[edit]

Official website (Spanish)

Official Wiki (Spanish)

GitHub repository

Media appearances (mostly Spanish media)