Pietro Speroni di Fenizio is creating a book: "Design for an e-Democracy"
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This book wants to be both a collection of tools needed to design an eDemocracy, as well as a set of problems where the reader is invited to apply those tools to try to solve some real world problems, as well as my personal solutions to those problems. Right now several people are trying to redesign and redefine what democracy is. We now have many new tools that can help the interaction between people. Inevitably most realise how the old way of deciding is not efficient any more. We can do much better. But how to achieve it, is not trivial. This books wants to help in this regard.
As such several person, from all walks of life, from all positions are facing the challenge of redesigning the decision systems. Those decisions systems can appear anywhere. It could be a nation trying to decide who should sit in the Parliament. It could be a community deciding who their next leader should be. Or it could be a community that have a decision itself

This book is designed with the intention to be used as a textbook. As such I will present a number of challenges, and invite the reader to present a solution to them. Then I will present my solution. I do not intend to rewrite what has been written before. So generally to start off I shall present a summary about a topic, and then offer the bibliography where the reader can deepen his understanding. Some topics I will present in greater details, others will be mostly a list of books or papers. Usually the topics I will present in greater details will be the topics I know more of, or I am more unsatisfied with how it is presented elsewhere.

In this book I intend to follow pretty much the following index:
History of Democracy:
  • Democracy in Bees
  • Direct Democracy, from Athens
  • Electing a Dictator
  • Representative Democracy
  • The Division of Power
  • Universal Suffrage
  • Participatory Democracy
  • Sociocracy
  • Holocracy
The Basic Principles:
  • Checks and Balances and the Division of Power
  • One man one vote
  • Deciding What and How are different
The Basic Tools:
  • Wiki
  • Voting Theory
  • The Median Voter Theorem
  • Hysteresis
  • The Blockchain
  • Storing a Document forever on The Blockchain
  • The Pareto Front
  • The Voting Triangle
  • Majority versus Consensus versus Consent
  • Banzhaf Power Index
  • Handling the Information, what, when, how
  • Anonymity (partial, pseudo, temporary, permitted, forbidden)
  • The Limited Strength & The Decaying Strength
  • Decidying who are the experts
  • Electoral Colleges
  • Gits
  • Chaos vs order vs evolutions. Handling different speed of change
  • Who should vote
  • Taking a representative of the population
  • Delegated Voting
Putting things together:
  • The Wisdom of the crowd, how to use it how not to use it
  • Handling the experts (Wiki, Triangle, Deciding who are the Experts)
Difficulties:
  • Scaling
  • Arrow Impossibility Theorem
  • Strategic Voting
  • Political Correctness
  • Dictatorship of the Majority
  • Giving a voice to minorities
  • Avoiding dictatorship of the most active or those that have most time
What I will not speak about:
  • Identity, Natural Language Processing, Security, Trust
The Challenges:
  • Design a direct decision system for a small group
  • Design a decision system for a DAO
  • Design a voting system to elect a Parliament
  • Design a complete nation
Books and Bibliography:
Although this is the general list of what I want to write about the order of it is completely unclear. I generally will start writing about things I know more, or I find more interesting, or are more relevant to the situation in that moment.
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Casual Reader
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THANK YOU! I am happy to provide you with my reflections on eDemocracy. This will give you access to my patron-only content, and all the content I presented before. I shall also write here a small preview about what the next chapter will be about. And you will also be allowed to participate in Patrons-only polls.
Committed Reader
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. By committing 5$ a month you are now a committed reader. I will send you the chapters I am writing as soon as I finish them and read your comments, and use them to improve the chapters. You can find a link to the drafts I published so far here . And of course you also will be allowed to participate in Patrons-only polls like casual readers.
Librarian
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Oh wow! Here we are starting to get serious. If you pledge 10 euro a month I shall send you a signed copy of the book once it has been released. This plus everything above, the ability to read the chapters once I finish them, the possibility to comment on them, and the possibility to vote on patrons-only polls. You can find a link to the drafts I published so far here .
Early Community Member
$10 or more per month 0 of 6 patrons
For the first 6 persons chosing this Patreon they will get the equivalent of the Community member Patreon, but paying much less. As they will help build the early community.  A group of people with which we shall discuss eDemocracy, as well as current events, and some of the future direction the book will take. You will also have the possibility to read the chapters in their early draft state. And comment on them. You can find a link to the drafts I published so far here
Librarian
$12 or more per month 0 patrons
Oh wow! Here we are starting to get serious. If you pledge 12 dollars a month I shall send you a signed copy of the book once it has been released. This plus everything above, the ability to read the chapters once I finish them in draft format, the possibility to comment on them, and the possibility to vote on patrons-only polls. You can find a link to the drafts I published so far here 
Community Member
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
15$ a month is a lot. I understand. It is nearly 50 cents a day. For those people I hope we will be able to build a community. A group of people with which we shall discuss eDemocracy, as well as current events, and some of the future direction the book will take. You will also have the possibility to read the chapters as soon as I finish them, still in draft format. And comment on them. You can find a link to the drafts I published so far here 
Community librarian
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
If you pledge to offer at least 20$ you get both the signed copy of the physical book by mail, and the possibility to participate in our monthly online discussion as well as the chapter every month with the possibility to comment. And, by the way, I really appreciate you participating.
Planner
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Possibility to ask for chapters for future topics
  • Plus all previous rewards
  • Your name will appear in a special thank you section in the book
Designer
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
  •  Possibility to send me an eDemocracy design to publicly evaluate. My answer will include critics, suggestions, weak points, strong points, overall fairness of the design.
    (this is a very generous offer as I normally get 100 euro per hour to do this work)
  • If I decide to include the eDemocracy review in the book, your name will appear in it.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Evangelizer
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
  • You can ask to have the chapters translated in one other language (other than English). The chapters will then be available for everybody. For each month you pledge, one chapter will be translated.
  • Plus all previous rewards
  • If the whole book will be translated in another language your name will appear in that version as co-author
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This book wants to be both a collection of tools needed to design an eDemocracy, as well as a set of problems where the reader is invited to apply those tools to try to solve some real world problems, as well as my personal solutions to those problems. Right now several people are trying to redesign and redefine what democracy is. We now have many new tools that can help the interaction between people. Inevitably most realise how the old way of deciding is not efficient any more. We can do much better. But how to achieve it, is not trivial. This books wants to help in this regard.
As such several person, from all walks of life, from all positions are facing the challenge of redesigning the decision systems. Those decisions systems can appear anywhere. It could be a nation trying to decide who should sit in the Parliament. It could be a community deciding who their next leader should be. Or it could be a community that have a decision itself

This book is designed with the intention to be used as a textbook. As such I will present a number of challenges, and invite the reader to present a solution to them. Then I will present my solution. I do not intend to rewrite what has been written before. So generally to start off I shall present a summary about a topic, and then offer the bibliography where the reader can deepen his understanding. Some topics I will present in greater details, others will be mostly a list of books or papers. Usually the topics I will present in greater details will be the topics I know more of, or I am more unsatisfied with how it is presented elsewhere.

In this book I intend to follow pretty much the following index:
History of Democracy:
  • Democracy in Bees
  • Direct Democracy, from Athens
  • Electing a Dictator
  • Representative Democracy
  • The Division of Power
  • Universal Suffrage
  • Participatory Democracy
  • Sociocracy
  • Holocracy
The Basic Principles:
  • Checks and Balances and the Division of Power
  • One man one vote
  • Deciding What and How are different
The Basic Tools:
  • Wiki
  • Voting Theory
  • The Median Voter Theorem
  • Hysteresis
  • The Blockchain
  • Storing a Document forever on The Blockchain
  • The Pareto Front
  • The Voting Triangle
  • Majority versus Consensus versus Consent
  • Banzhaf Power Index
  • Handling the Information, what, when, how
  • Anonymity (partial, pseudo, temporary, permitted, forbidden)
  • The Limited Strength & The Decaying Strength
  • Decidying who are the experts
  • Electoral Colleges
  • Gits
  • Chaos vs order vs evolutions. Handling different speed of change
  • Who should vote
  • Taking a representative of the population
  • Delegated Voting
Putting things together:
  • The Wisdom of the crowd, how to use it how not to use it
  • Handling the experts (Wiki, Triangle, Deciding who are the Experts)
Difficulties:
  • Scaling
  • Arrow Impossibility Theorem
  • Strategic Voting
  • Political Correctness
  • Dictatorship of the Majority
  • Giving a voice to minorities
  • Avoiding dictatorship of the most active or those that have most time
What I will not speak about:
  • Identity, Natural Language Processing, Security, Trust
The Challenges:
  • Design a direct decision system for a small group
  • Design a decision system for a DAO
  • Design a voting system to elect a Parliament
  • Design a complete nation
Books and Bibliography:
Although this is the general list of what I want to write about the order of it is completely unclear. I generally will start writing about things I know more, or I find more interesting, or are more relevant to the situation in that moment.

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Casual Reader
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
THANK YOU! I am happy to provide you with my reflections on eDemocracy. This will give you access to my patron-only content, and all the content I presented before. I shall also write here a small preview about what the next chapter will be about. And you will also be allowed to participate in Patrons-only polls.
Committed Reader
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. By committing 5$ a month you are now a committed reader. I will send you the chapters I am writing as soon as I finish them and read your comments, and use them to improve the chapters. You can find a link to the drafts I published so far here . And of course you also will be allowed to participate in Patrons-only polls like casual readers.
Librarian
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Oh wow! Here we are starting to get serious. If you pledge 10 euro a month I shall send you a signed copy of the book once it has been released. This plus everything above, the ability to read the chapters once I finish them, the possibility to comment on them, and the possibility to vote on patrons-only polls. You can find a link to the drafts I published so far here .
Early Community Member
$10 or more per month 0 of 6 patrons
For the first 6 persons chosing this Patreon they will get the equivalent of the Community member Patreon, but paying much less. As they will help build the early community.  A group of people with which we shall discuss eDemocracy, as well as current events, and some of the future direction the book will take. You will also have the possibility to read the chapters in their early draft state. And comment on them. You can find a link to the drafts I published so far here
Librarian
$12 or more per month 0 patrons
Oh wow! Here we are starting to get serious. If you pledge 12 dollars a month I shall send you a signed copy of the book once it has been released. This plus everything above, the ability to read the chapters once I finish them in draft format, the possibility to comment on them, and the possibility to vote on patrons-only polls. You can find a link to the drafts I published so far here 
Community Member
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
15$ a month is a lot. I understand. It is nearly 50 cents a day. For those people I hope we will be able to build a community. A group of people with which we shall discuss eDemocracy, as well as current events, and some of the future direction the book will take. You will also have the possibility to read the chapters as soon as I finish them, still in draft format. And comment on them. You can find a link to the drafts I published so far here 
Community librarian
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
If you pledge to offer at least 20$ you get both the signed copy of the physical book by mail, and the possibility to participate in our monthly online discussion as well as the chapter every month with the possibility to comment. And, by the way, I really appreciate you participating.
Planner
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Possibility to ask for chapters for future topics
  • Plus all previous rewards
  • Your name will appear in a special thank you section in the book
Designer
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
  •  Possibility to send me an eDemocracy design to publicly evaluate. My answer will include critics, suggestions, weak points, strong points, overall fairness of the design.
    (this is a very generous offer as I normally get 100 euro per hour to do this work)
  • If I decide to include the eDemocracy review in the book, your name will appear in it.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Evangelizer
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
  • You can ask to have the chapters translated in one other language (other than English). The chapters will then be available for everybody. For each month you pledge, one chapter will be translated.
  • Plus all previous rewards
  • If the whole book will be translated in another language your name will appear in that version as co-author