The Net Party (Spanish: Partido de la Red) is a political party headquartered in Argentina. The company proposes an online form of liquid democracy that it calls "net democracy" based on the Internet. Their goal is to elect representatives who will reliably vote according to what the citizenry decide online.
The party was founded by Santiago Siri and Esteban Brenman in April 2012. It received the required support of 4000 citizens (to officially exist as a party) in August 2013. During the October 2013 elections, Net Party ran for a seat in the local parliament of Buenos Aires and achieved 21.000 votes (1% of the votes). It is currently working to improve the DemocracyOS (a software system, see below) and elect its first congressional representative in the 2017 elections.
- Citizens are able to vote on existing legislative projects being discussed in the local parliament; this allows more power to constituents to determine how the party's congressman will vote.
- This platform also acts as a space to propose and vote on new law proposals; they are then 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 to a trusted peer. Delegation is transitive and can be determined by topic; i.e. a user can delegate economics-related votes to a certain user, environment-related and health-related votes to another user, and keep the remaining topics for themselves.
Since this app's innovation, it has been linked to the formal political system through a "Trojan legislator" Identity validation is a crucial problem Net Party faces; however, it is achieved through a separate app called NetIdentity.