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[liberationtech] [hci-gates3] "Extra-government voting" research project?

Leslie Wu lwu2 at stanford.edu
Sun Sep 16 10:43:34 PDT 2012


Hi Neema,

Sounds interesting! I'm volunteering some of my time to help my friend Lori
get "ipolitic" off the ground, a SF-based startup currently focused on the
US and local/ballot elections but it already has a decent codebase and
could be cloned for international use. Authentication sounds tricky, but it
supports FB/Twitter auth which is at least one step towards legitimate
identities.

Access is also a challenge but I'm helping Lori to develop the mobile
version of ipolitic so a mobile web version may or may not lower (?) the
barrier of entry. cc'ing Lori =)

@Lori do you have a public pitch deck that you can share with the
liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu mailing list?

~Leslie Wu

On Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 11:18 PM, Neema Moraveji <neema at stanford.edu> wrote:

> Researchers, hackers, and students:
>
> There is a need in many countries, to support "extra-government
> elections" with web-based technology (i.e., let citizens vote fairly
> without government influence, extortion, etc.).  I think this is a
> valuable investment of time for a Libtech/HCI/CS/ICTD research
> project.
>
> Imagine a site that allowed citizens to vote, could show the outside
> world and governments themselves (which often have unreliable means of
> voting/counting/etc.) how the citizens really feel about different
> candidates - in a non-biased way.
>
> The research issues to solve: authentication, visualization,
> accountability, and perhaps even access.  Using common computer
> components (keyboard, webcam, etc.) can such a system be delivered to
> at least approximate the real sentiment of the people? At least to the
> outside world?
>
> Does such a system already exist?
>
> I am in Iran right now connecting with young people and intellectuals.
> I can't speak for other countries but Iran will have important
> elections in 9 months.  If even a prototype of such a system exists,
> it could gain wide use here and be used by news agencies around the
> world to broadcast the difference between govt and extra-govt voting
> results.
>
>
> All the best,
>
> Neema Moraveji, Ph.D.
> Director
> Calming Technology Lab
> Media-X
> Stanford University
> moraveji.org, calmingtech.stanford.edu
> @moraveji, @calmingtech
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