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

Lori Hsu lori.hsu at
Sun Sep 16 11:39:29 PDT 2012

Hello Neema,

I'm attaching a short public pitchdeck.

Please contact me directly if you wish to discuss.   The basic premise of
ipolitic is an innovative combination of  technologies surrounding social
media to foster an informed electorate that is hopefully more independent
from bias.

Would love to discuss more.  I think you will find it has the support for
extra-government elections that you seek.


On Sun, Sep 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM, Leslie Wu <lwu2 at> wrote:

> 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 mailing list?
> ~Leslie Wu
> On Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 11:18 PM, Neema Moraveji <neema at>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, @calmingtech
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