[MG] Crowdsourcing the History of eDemocracy

Ed Pastore epastore at metagovernment.org
Sat May 11 10:43:41 EDT 2013

Hi, Pietro. A few notes...

I believe Thomas von der Elbe came up with free range voting: Michael can confirm and give a date.

The Metagov call for a wiki government was a pre-web version. The first web version was March 20, 2007:
(the style sheet for that page is lost, apparently).

By May 2, Aur Saraf came up with the idea of using the long-established concept of a DVCS for open source governance:

Also in May 2008, Manuel Barkhau started work on the code that later became Candiwi. (I can't quite pin down the date, since he moved repos later on, and the old one is defunct.)

At the time, both of those were considered different drafts of Metascore, as you can see on the repositories page:
(Additional details may be seen in the history of that page.)

On a separate note, you might find some useful historical examples from this page:
The page has not been updated in quite a while... which is good for your purposes, as all of this is earlier stuff.

On May 11, 2013, at 4:23 AM, Pietro Speroni di Fenizio wrote:

> Hello everybody,
> I have been invited to give a talk on the history of eDemocracy for state of the Net.
> I am also writing a book on eDemocracy, and the history will surely be a chapter into it, too
> For all this I am setting up a google spreadsheet on which to base the talk. I would like to invite people from here to go to the page, and check that their favorite eDem projects are there. Please add also the starting (and ending if any) date of the projects. Also anything else you think should go there, please add it.
> On the starting date cell I am adding a comment over where I found that information.
> You will notice also that I have started also some context information and pre-internet ones that are necessary to integrate the info in a context.
> The table is here:
> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApvCFb91M5jFdFhEYmQ4czdNM0F5LXZ0c1A5R2RUVHc&usp=sharing
> In particular can someone trace back the exact author and the date of the idea that voting should not be linked with a specific platform? Although this intuition has not yet reached full maturation I think it deserves a place as one of the ideas that might come up in the future.
> Many thanks.
> Best Regards,
> Pietro
> Necessary, editorial disclaimer.
> Even though I am crowdsourcing this table, I still will hold the final power over it. This because I very much believe that a good talk (or book) must have a specific editorial line. So, if you wish to participate you are helping me, and I will publicly acknowledge you, but I am not asking you to co-author it, and I might take unpopular decisions over what goes in and stays out. No hard feelings :-) .
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