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CITIPOL is a venture combining social entrepreneurship and innovation in social scientific methodologies. It is about building a better national conversation that acknowledges the slacktivism of the masses. Ideally, we should answer people's social affordance for socio-civic participation the same way Facebook did for social connectivity.

Open call for coders, data scientists and similar wizards. Contact: herbert [dot] ww [at] gmail [dot] com

How do we better harvest and leverage upon online voices to make a better gauge of the granularity of public sentiment? My intuition is that there is no statistically significant distinction between the texture of sentiment in the real world and sentiment online, when analyzed at the big data level of analysis. As we are today, political outcomes are setup systematically so when people select political representatives, they are saying they adopt the candidate's sociopolitical positions wholesale. Naturally, we should endeavor to create such a platform to better reflect the complexity and granularity of public sentiment.

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  1. 1. thewriting ison thewallread: imminentdanger becomethapparent
  2. 2. CITIPOLmobile+webplatform allowing users to havea birds eye view of how peoplein their community feel aboutimportant sociopolitical projects a reflection of theentire distribution of peoplesdispositions towards actionableoutcomes regarding policy andsocio-civic issues, demolishing"filter bubbles" that conjure afragmented space around anindividuals internet ecosystem.
  3. 3. CITIPOLmobile+weban ever present, continuousprocess kind of NationalConversation with socialscientific leverages integratedinto its fabric. There is noappointed authority presidingover the texture of theconversation or dictating whatmatters are pertinent - thepeople decide what matters areon the agenda.
  4. 4. How it works• Trending issues are upvoted “reddit” style,bypassing agenda framing by media; the peopledecide which matters are important• Anyone can submit manifestos that establishevidence and reasoning towards an actionableoutcome, tagged accordingly to the issue• People click and vote on said manifestos• Everyone can see LIVE what the currentdistribution of votes are for respective issues
  5. 5. Imagine everyone in the country is a congressman ina senate of millions of voting parliamentarians. Notvoting for political parties, but voting for actionableresponses to important issues affecting them.
  6. 6. You get a sense of adigital "writing on thewall" anonymouslycurated by thousandsof people, which datascience andcommunicationresearch tells us is anuncanny proxy toactual sentiment.
  7. 7. CITIPOL will be an adaptive platform thatcontinually informs and allows citizens tomake changes to their votes endlessly. This ishuge: think about all the social problems wecan come together to solve as we realize the"writing is already on the wall".Imagine everyone in the country is a congressman ina senate of millions of voting parliamentarians. Notvoting for political parties, but voting for actionableresponses to important issues affecting them.
  8. 8. The Reverse PanopticonThe Panopticon is a type ofinstitutional building designed byEnglish philosopher and socialtheorist Jeremy Bentham in the late18th century. The concept of thedesign is to allow a watchman toobserve (-opticon) all (pan-)inmates of an institution withoutthem being able to tell whether ornot they are being watched..Traditionally, it is a few-watching-many design, a la BigBrother is watching you. But many-watching-few is a morenatural form of Panoptic design.
  9. 9. The Reverse PanopticonPUBLICsphereElected PoliticiansGovernmentsPublic OrganizationsPublic AgenciesCharitiesPress and MediaTraditionally, it is a few-watching-many design, a la BigBrother is watching you. But many-watching-few is a morenatural form of Panoptic design.
  10. 10. CITIPOL: what it means forcitizens• Fulfils peoples social affordance in the domain of civiland political participation in the same way Facebook didfor people in the domain of keeping their lives connected• Writing on the wall: reflection of the entire distribution ofpeoples dispositions towards actionable outcomesregarding policy within a society. This "wall of truth"bypasses all forms of disparate and fragmented framingof news by "filter bubbles" or agenda setting byauthoritarian-controlled press systems• The true fifth estate: networked individuals enabled bythe Internet in ways that can hold the other estatesaccountable (William Dutton)• Crowdfunding features that fund onetime campaigns, aswell as streamline and automate recurring movements
  11. 11. CITIPOL: what it means forcitizens• Tremendous academic value and policy-shaping potential, providing an importantbig-data driven instrument for scientists toleverage upon, which in turns better people’slives• Realizing a form of research-infused, citizen-involved system of deliberative policyformation supported by distributedintelligence
  12. 12. Issue: 6.9 milpopulationYou can only vote for 1 position foreach issueCampaign:advocate 5.5milCampaign:advocate 6milCampaign:advocate 6.9mil
  13. 13. CITIPOL’s DataRelationships
  14. 14. • Demographics• Dispositional psychographics• Campaign positions• Periodic surveys• Social scientific constructs that can beintercorrelated to test new theoretical models• Sentiment analyses of user comments• Harvesting repository of socialscientifically relevant data• Anytime, any place way to pretest yourhypotheses before conducting your ownsampling + surveys (“testing the water”)• Pivotable for business intelligence• Trend predictions
  15. 15. STATICCORERepurposableExtrapolate TrendsMalleable databreadth
  16. 16. ResearchersCITIPOLinformationcloudCitizens• Platform to demandaccountability• Social affordance forsociopoliticalparticipationBusinessesDATA$DATA$DATACampaignersPublic exposurefor actionableresponse andcrowdfunds
  17. 17. We are not selling traditional behavioral data (e.g. webhabits, clicks)but an entire wealth of data points that are socialscientifically relevant and salient to policy issues.We want to scrutinize the deeper (socio)psychologicalconstructs and combine them at the “hive” level.Thereafter one can even work the data to create newknowledge (e.g. comparative studies betweencountries) and derive insights regarding collectivebehavior.