2015年7月7日火曜日

Liquid Democracy with Google Votes

Google Votes is an experiment in liquid democracy built on Google's internal corporate Google+ social network. A Liquid Democracy system gives all the control of Direct Democracy with the scalability of Representative Democracy. Users can vote directly or delegate power through their social networks.

Before we jump in to Google Votes, following video "Liquid Democracy In Simple Terms" might be a good start:



Google Votes is used for Google's internal decisions like food selections, cafe names, t-shirt designs, and Halloween contests.

Fortunately the team was successful in making those techtalk videos and paper public, I hope you enjoy. Note, some of the links in the video will not work since it is limited access within Google's corporate network.

Paper: "Google Votes: A Liquid Democracy Experiment on a Corporate Social Network"
http://www.tdcommons.org/dpubs_series/79/

Techtalk video: Voting Methods with Google Votes

This talk covers Approval, Ranked, Range/Score, and Plurality voting along with the Borda and Schulze ranking algorithms and their relation to Condorcet's Paradox.



Techtalk video: Liquid Democracy with Google Votes

This talk covers user experience aspects of delegated voting and three graph algorithms for flowing votes through a social graph called Tally, Coverage, and Power.




Other readings on Liquid Democracy, social network voting, e-governance, and social choice

Delegative Democracy - Bryan Ford 2002
Network Democracy - Steve Farrell 2009
Creating the world citizen Parliament - Douglas Schuler, ACM Interactions 2013
Tangled Signals of Democracy - Micah L. Sifry, Rebooting America 2008
A Democracy of Groups - Beth Simone Noveck 2005

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, and do not reflect those of my employer. -Fumi Yamazaki