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

Lori Hsu lori.hsu at
Mon Sep 17 15:20:52 PDT 2012

Hello - I was made aware the list doesn't support attachments:

here's the link to the public pitch on google docs:


On Sun, Sep 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM, Lori Hsu <lori.hsu at> wrote:

> 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.
> Regards,
> Lori
> 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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