Pia Mancini

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Pia Mancini
Known foronline, open-source democracy activist

Pia Mancini is an activist and technical project leader from Argentina. She is co-founder of Democracy Earth and Open Collective. The latter is a project that facilitates open source code contributors to receive donations.


Mancini worked for the Unión Celeste y Blanco, an Argentine political party, from 2010 to 2012, but was dissatisfied with the lack of responsiveness to the public.[1] She subsequently started the Net Democracy foundation, a non-profit, to support citizen participation in government through the use of technology. In 2012 the foundation released DemocracyOS, an online app that allows citizens to understand, discuss and "vote" on new legislation.[1][2][3] As a next step, she and her associates founded the Net Party, an Argentine political party that pledges to act according to people's wishes as expressed online.[2]

In 2013 she co-founded the non-profit Democracy Earth, based in Palo Alto, California, which provides an online platform for political groups,[4] and in January 2016 she co-founded Open Collective, which provides a platform for open-source project groups to collect and spend money semi-transparently.[5][6]

Her TED talk, How to Upgrade Democracy for the Internet Era, received over a million views.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Klint Finley (May 5, 2014). "Out in the Open: An Open Source Website That Gives Voters a Platform to Influence Politicians". Wired.
  2. ^ a b Lauren Razavi (February 23, 2016). "How one woman's app is changing politics in the digital age". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Scott Nesbitt (August 18, 2014). "DemocracyOS promotes civic engagement on both sides". OpenSource.com.
  4. ^ Noe Jacomet (January 4, 2017). "Democracy Earth, the promise of a safe and independent online voting system". Open Source Politics. Medium.com.
  5. ^ Esther Paniagua (December 11, 2017). "Valores para una sociedad en beta". El Mundo (in Spanish).
  6. ^ Ken Yeung (April 5, 2017). "Open Collective is a GoFundMe-like service for open source projects". Venture Beat.
  7. ^ "How to Upgrade Democracy for the Internet Era". TEDGlobal 2014. TED.com. October 2014. Retrieved 2015-04-13.

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