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DemocracyOS

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DemocracyOS brings collaborative decision making and easy governance to communities and organizations of all sizes.

In April 2012 a group of activists, entrepreneurs, students and hackers got together in the city of Buenos Aires with a simple question in mind: What is democracy for the internet era? Many of the so-called modern democracies still run the same way they did almost two centuries ago: as citizens we only get to interact with the political system once every two years. In an era where online access starts to become commonplace around the world, we are aware of how the internet changed the way we work, communicate and relate with each other. But politics and governments haven’t changed at all. So we set out to find a reliable way to hack the system.

Our first step was to create a reliable open source, free software with an easy user experience for citizens to get informed, debate and vote on every single bill presented in Congress. DemocracyOS evolved to become one of the most used platforms for collaborative decision making and translated into 15 languages. But aware that in politics not everything happens online, we also created a new kind of political party: The Net Party. Its candidates are committed to always vote in Congress according to what citizens vote online. It’s the offline component that makes DemocracyOS compatible with a local political system. In 2015 we opened our headquarters in California.

DemocracyOS uses these three mechanisms:

Propose: Create your DemocracyOS in a click. Build proposals and be the change you want to see.

Debate:Debate in a platform that rewards the best arguments and filters that noise that usually ends up calling the trolls.

Vote:With a clear deadline, get everyone on board to reach a voted decision and avoid endless debates. (In order to ensure authenticity, users sign up using a verified government ID.)

DemocracyOS is open source. The source code is available on GitHub.

DemocracyOS is developed by Democracia en Red, a nonprofit organization based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Additional information

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Projects

A list of projects that have used DemocracyOS: