This book gives an in-depth insight into the philosophical, political and technological aspects of decision making using the internet and into the “secrets” of LiquidFeedback, a computer software designed to empower organizations to make democratic decisions independent of physical assemblies, giving every member of the organization an equal opportunity to participate in the democratic process.The inventors of LiquidFeedback explain the principles and rules of procedure developed for LiquidFeedback providing the key features for democratic self-organization. They give a theoretical background about collective decision making and answers to practical questions. This is a must-read for anybody planning to make online decisions or to build online decision platforms and is also interesting for anybody interested in the future of democracy in the digital age.
The Liquid Democracy Journal is dedicated to the idea of Liquid Democracy, which is a democratic principle that uses transitive delegations to unite the best of direct and representative democracy.
But this journal is not just limited to Liquid Democracy; it also covers those topics coming up when implementing it: electronic participation, collective moderation, and voting systems.
Let's start with an old dream mentioned by Alexander Hamilton in 1788: “It has been observed by an honorable gentleman that a pure democracy, if it were practicable, would be the most perfect government.” With this notion he unfavorably compared pure (or direct) democracy to the republic proposed by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.