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Designing Open Democracy : State of Democracy In Australia in 2018

We had an hour presentation at Linux Users Victoria under LUV November 2018 Main Meeting: Computerbank / Designing Open Democracy where we gave a quick overview on the current state of democracy reform organisations in Australia.

Copy of the slides:

It went well. We talked about Flux, MiVote, sortition, and opens source voting.

We also pitched ourselves:

  • We are requesting more speakers and contributors to join us!
  • We also need more organisers to help plan and get more events going too!
  • If you can help, then contact us at:
  • We also have a discussion forum at

Speakers Planned For 2019

  • Robert Crouch to talk about his idea of a better method of calculating voters intention that could replace our current way to tallying up preferences.
  • Guy Kennedy from Policy Incubator to talk about his policy development platform and how it is intended to assist the public, institutions and politicians make better policies.

Topics future speakers could touch on:

  • Governance: Transparency, Corruptions, Accountability
  • Structural Issues: Voting/Decision systems, Decentralisation, Cyber-security, Cognitive Security of the masses.
  • Cultural: Political apathy or learned helplessness, Information Asymmetry, Citizens engagement, Empathy deficit.

If you can present any of these topic let us know!

Digital Democracy Forum - Distributed politics and governance; blockchain and beyond (Melbourne, Saturday May 5 2018)

RMIT University Melbourne Saturday 5th May from 9am – 6.30pm Not Affiliated with Designing Open Democracy

Free Tickets At EventBrite. Click Here To Register

Designing Open Democracy would like to inform anyone in Melbourne about a democracy related event called "Digital Democracy Forum - Distributed politics and governance" to be hosted in RMIT University (Melbourne) on 5th May from 9am - 6.30pm.

While this event is not affiliated to us, it may still be of interest to those interested in electronic voting. This inaugural conference between MiVote and RMIT University showcases the latest talent in Australian entrepreneurship and innovation in collaborative decision-making and digital democracy.

Further details from the RMIT and MiVote team in:

Cheers, Designing Open Democracy Team

Evaluating Democracy Reform Proposals

Evaluating Democracy Reform Proposals

(Originally posted in ), last updated May 1, 2018

Author: Nick Merange

There are several promising democracy reforms being developed at the moment, some based on technology while some are not. This is not a comprehensive list, but rather an overview of the most significant efforts I'm aware of after being exposed to several as part of Designing Open Democracy. The descriptions, evaluations and summaries here are rough and open to further revision, readers are encouraged to provide suggestions as to what things should be included and excluded in the following summaries or how I might consider adjusting my evaluations and why.

The primary goal here is to provide a rough evaluation of these interventions, their relative strengths and weaknesses in comparison to each other and our existing democracy according to certain criteria of what we're after in a good democratic system. The following comprises a list of interventions I'll be considering here.

The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in a Post-Truth Era - Professor Gillian Triggs (Hosted By University Of Melbourne Law School)

Professor Gillian Triggs presented a public lecture on Friday 23 March 2018 on the topic, "The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in a Post-Truth Era".

Audio Recordings:


A Charter will also allow Australia to meet its international obligations and resume its leadership position globally and regionally as a good international citizen. Above all,
Australia could return to the rule of law and to the principles of legality upon which
our democracy is based.

Open Government Partnership Australia (Canberra, Thursday February 22 2018)

Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18 comprises 15 ambitious commitments that promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. This website contains information on our Plan and progress towards its implementation.

Details in

This may be of interest to the Accountability Round Table group as they are interested in combating corruption.

Proposed (Initial) Strategy of Designing Open Democracy

Rationale & Vision Designing Open Democracy so far has centered on the niche topic of “Democratic System Reform” and is a gathering of minds to think about ways that our current system could be improved, without endorsing any particular system.

While this topic is very interesting, we are at a juncture where we are trying to work out exactly what is group is and what we are trying to do. We are also aware that there are other groups with similar goals and we want to carve out a niche which teams up with rather than double ups existing efforts.

This could go in any number of directions: * A. Are we just fans of the idea who just want to talk about it for our own enjoyment? or * B. Are we trying to actually change the current system?