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WeVote FaceBook Miami Garage Presentation

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WeVote FaceBook Miami Garage Presentation

  1. 1. WeVote http://apps.facebook.com/we-vote/ Presentation to Facebook Garage Miami May 30, 2009 by Craig L. Simon, Ph.D.
  2. 2. The Mission: Lofty <ul><li>Build Better Tools </li></ul><ul><li>With Which to </li></ul><ul><li>Govern Our Governments </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Summary: EVoting on Steroids <ul><li>Advanced Online Polling Application </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive, Ranked-Choice Ballot. </li></ul><ul><li>Rich Visualization of Results. </li></ul><ul><li>Democratic commitment against “power voting.” </li></ul><ul><li>Coalescent Bubbling </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative Expression </li></ul><ul><li>Consensus building </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Background: Eclectic <ul><li>International Studies Ph.D. – Dissertation covered the rise of Global Internet Governance, identifying modes of rule construction common across historical epochs. </li></ul><ul><li>Database Application Specialist – Long experience as a self-employed developer of custom solutions for small and mid-sized businesses in South Florida. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Problem: Noisy Polarization <ul><li>Online Rants – Shouters crowd out engaged listeners. </li></ul><ul><li>Echo Chambers – Steady contributors to online discourses tend to self-segregate in partisan venues. </li></ul><ul><li>Mobs, Swarms and “Freepers” – Internet straw polls and town halls are often captured by organized groups. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Idea: An Online “Indaba” <ul><li>Indaba – Zulu term for an “important meeting” where people sort out problems by finding a common story. </li></ul><ul><li>Democracy 2.0 – Immediate opportunity to build better tools with which to govern our governments. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Showcase Collaborative Work – Like Wikipedia, which channels input into consensus narratives. </li></ul><ul><li>Design for Coalescent Bubbling – Unlike, say, Digg, where popular Topics may rise, float, or sink, but people don’t fizz together through intentional alliance. </li></ul><ul><li>Respect Disciplined Lobbies – Like passionate grass roots activists, coalescing around their best arguments. </li></ul>The Theory: Aggregated Signaling
  8. 8. The First Triumph: Indaba.org <ul><li>IRVing Chart – May 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>Operational proof of concept for coalescent bubbling , via data-driven visualizations of Instant Runoff Voting. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Demo: ChoiceRanker.com <ul><li>Live Straw Polls – Starting Summer 2007. Conducting weekly IRV straw polls ahead of the Presidential primaries. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The New Strategy: WeVote <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Experience: Getting Ducks in a Row <ul><li>Leveraging the Canvas: FBML vs IFrame </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FBJS, Tooltips, Translating DOM Calls, Line Drawing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Books: Nick Gerakines, Jay Goldman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forum, Wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Connection Points </li></ul><ul><ul><li>About Page, Newsfeed, Templates, Tabs, Profile, Connect </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mock AJAX, FQL, REF </li></ul><ul><li>The Facebook Platform is a Moving Target </li></ul>
  12. 12. The New Target: Mass Entertainment <ul><li>American Idol Voters – People already quite active in multi-candidate elections are now experiencing ranked-choice voting and coalescent bubbling. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Opportunity: Many Markets <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Online Polling, Surveys, and Voting – Leaders such as Cogix have been slow to integrate with social networks, preferring a service vendor strategy. </li></ul><ul><li>Audience Response Systems – Leaders promote solutions based on their own proprietary devices, leaving a space wide open for off-the-shelf mobile apps. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Next Steps: Find Natural Allies <ul><li>WeVote is Available Now – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>US State Dept. “Democracy Is... “ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intel Science Awards. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Award “Best of” Categories. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use the Paradigm to Advance the Paradigm – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make Facebook’s own Town Hall Process into a vanguard. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. http://apps.facebook.com/we-vote/ <ul><li>Craig Simon </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>twitter.com/gitis </li></ul>

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