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  • WeVote http://apps.facebook.com/we-vote/ Presentation to Facebook Garage Miami May 30, 2009 by Craig L. Simon, Ph.D.
  • The Mission: Lofty
    • Build Better Tools
    • With Which to
    • Govern Our Governments
  • The Summary: EVoting on Steroids
    • Advanced Online Polling Application
    • Interactive, Ranked-Choice Ballot.
    • Rich Visualization of Results.
    • Democratic commitment against “power voting.”
    • Coalescent Bubbling
    • Collaborative Expression
    • Consensus building
  • The Background: Eclectic
    • International Studies Ph.D. – Dissertation covered the rise of Global Internet Governance, identifying modes of rule construction common across historical epochs.
    • Database Application Specialist – Long experience as a self-employed developer of custom solutions for small and mid-sized businesses in South Florida.
  • The Problem: Noisy Polarization
    • Online Rants – Shouters crowd out engaged listeners.
    • Echo Chambers – Steady contributors to online discourses tend to self-segregate in partisan venues.
    • Mobs, Swarms and “Freepers” – Internet straw polls and town halls are often captured by organized groups.
  • The Idea: An Online “Indaba”
    • Indaba – Zulu term for an “important meeting” where people sort out problems by finding a common story.
    • Democracy 2.0 – Immediate opportunity to build better tools with which to govern our governments.
    • Showcase Collaborative Work – Like Wikipedia, which channels input into consensus narratives.
    • Design for Coalescent Bubbling – Unlike, say, Digg, where popular Topics may rise, float, or sink, but people don’t fizz together through intentional alliance.
    • Respect Disciplined Lobbies – Like passionate grass roots activists, coalescing around their best arguments.
    The Theory: Aggregated Signaling
  • The First Triumph: Indaba.org
    • IRVing Chart – May 2007.
    • Operational proof of concept for coalescent bubbling , via data-driven visualizations of Instant Runoff Voting.
  • The Demo: ChoiceRanker.com
    • Live Straw Polls – Starting Summer 2007. Conducting weekly IRV straw polls ahead of the Presidential primaries.
  • The New Strategy: WeVote
    • Refactor for Facebook – Externalize the costs of upgrading user authentication and comment features. Simultaneously leverage access to a robust social graph while learning to work in an environment that fosters viral communication.
  • The Experience: Getting Ducks in a Row
    • Leveraging the Canvas: FBML vs IFrame
      • FBJS, Tooltips, Translating DOM Calls, Line Drawing
    • Resources
      • Books: Nick Gerakines, Jay Goldman
      • Forum, Wiki
    • Connection Points
      • About Page, Newsfeed, Templates, Tabs, Profile, Connect
    • Mock AJAX, FQL, REF
    • The Facebook Platform is a Moving Target
  • The New Target: Mass Entertainment
    • American Idol Voters – People already quite active in multi-candidate elections are now experiencing ranked-choice voting and coalescent bubbling.
    • Democratically Engaged Audiences – More groups will benefit from tools designed for interactive, multi-candidate elections as online voting proliferates in contests, reality shows, “People’s Choice”-style awards, and increasingly responsive government.
  • The Opportunity: Many Markets
    • TV Participation Voting – Segment leader Telescope has been slow to promote any kinds of web-based voting that would degrade its dominant investment in phone-based and SMS-based voting technologies.
    • Online Polling, Surveys, and Voting – Leaders such as Cogix have been slow to integrate with social networks, preferring a service vendor strategy.
    • Audience Response Systems – Leaders promote solutions based on their own proprietary devices, leaving a space wide open for off-the-shelf mobile apps.
    • Online Town Halls – The current platform of choice, Google Moderator, has no coalescent bubbling. The next phase of Google’s “10 to the 10 th ” contest has been delayed, surely indicating that Google has no internal applications capable of managing large scale multicandidate contests.
  • Next Steps: Find Natural Allies
    • WeVote is Available Now –
      • US State Dept. “Democracy Is... “
      • Intel Science Awards.
      • Local Award “Best of” Categories.
    • Use the Paradigm to Advance the Paradigm –
      • Make Facebook’s own Town Hall Process into a vanguard.
  • http://apps.facebook.com/we-vote/
    • Craig Simon
    • [email_address]
    • twitter.com/gitis