Related Projects

There are a number of projects around the world attempting to use technology to create new, more effective ways to engage the public in policy deliberations and translate that discussion into actual policy. While these may not specifically use liquid democracy, many could be combined with liquid democracy or built into our own legislative processes.

vTaiwan may be the world’s first attempt at using tech to drive an open deliberative process among a public of millions that results in mandated, formal action from the elected government. Any issue taken up by vTaiwan results in a months long process that solicits input from the public in multiple ways and uses this process to develop a consensus position from the public. The government is then required to follow through on those points of consensus, or provide a detailed explanation as to why they have not. The public has taken on at least a dozen major topics, including regulating Uber, and most points of consensus have been adopted.

DemocracyOS is a open-source website developed by a Silicon Valley startup to facilitate online deliberation and allow voters to indicate how they want their representatives to vote. In Argentina, the Partido de la Red (Internet Party) promises all of it’s representatives would vote based on the outcome.  While they failed to win representation at the city level, they did convince the city to adopt DemocracyOS as a non-binding tool. Democracy has also been used to help develop Tunisia’s Constitution and implemented by Mexico. is a Wisconsin based startup working with several cities to provide an online social platform for officials to seek feedback and public input on policy proposals.

Countable allows you to review and vote on federal legislation. PeopleCount plans to also let you vote on federal issues and request reports from Congress members on specific topics.