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Global crises, democratic solutions—within days. Using Internet to empower citizens, reach popular consensus, and ensure democratic decision-making [Preprint]

Fabio Balli


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  <dc:creator>Fabio Balli</dc:creator>
  <dc:date>2021-09-11</dc:date>
  <dc:description>In the last months, governments around the world have adopted public policies to promote large-scale vaccination, and covid certificates. Whether such measures are adequate or not has been largely debated. But why have such debates emerged? To this day, alternatives to centralized decision-making have been limitedly discussed.

Here, I present how an online platform could help thousands of citizens express their needs (plurality), agree on common priorities (popular consensus), and pool resources to become the protagonists of a common project, like body cells coordinate in real time to preserve life.

Building on the commons, on the free/libre and open-source movement (crowdsourcing), on short online events (hackathons), and on a method to coordinate large groups, I sketch how such a platform could help citizens build solidarity-driven solutions during three-day events.</dc:description>
  <dc:description>Editable file: https://houseofcommons.ch/pub/balli_brief.odt – Commentable file: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BiNEdJetmszYp4Qj8-05yuVyzLMvwR-0/</dc:description>
  <dc:identifier>https://zenodo.org/record/5501044</dc:identifier>
  <dc:identifier>10.5281/zenodo.5501044</dc:identifier>
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  <dc:language>eng</dc:language>
  <dc:relation>doi:10.5281/zenodo.5497574</dc:relation>
  <dc:rights>info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess</dc:rights>
  <dc:rights>https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode</dc:rights>
  <dc:subject>popular rights</dc:subject>
  <dc:subject>public participation</dc:subject>
  <dc:subject>libre and open-source digital democracy</dc:subject>
  <dc:subject>collective intelligence</dc:subject>
  <dc:subject>massive online collaboration</dc:subject>
  <dc:subject>commons-based peer-production</dc:subject>
  <dc:subject>open governance and civic technology</dc:subject>
  <dc:subject>citizen science and co-creation</dc:subject>
  <dc:subject>grassroots movement legislation</dc:subject>
  <dc:subject>democratic constitutionalism</dc:subject>
  <dc:title>Global crises, democratic solutions—within days. Using Internet to empower citizens, reach popular consensus, and ensure democratic decision-making [Preprint]</dc:title>
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