Democracy 2.0: The Final Frontier

by Kaley LaQuea

In the last decade, technological innovation has provided ways to radically alter most of our processes, from the way we drive our cars to our grocery checkouts and all of our smart-phone-enabled habits in between. But what about the ways we engage in democracy and society?

Camilo Casas, a candidate for Boulder City Council, views the governance domain as the ‘final frontier’ to be interrupted by the tech revolution. If elected, Casas’ vote will be determined by Parti.Vote, an application he developed to encourage voter participation.

“It’s like trying to explain to someone in the early 2000s what Facebook is,” Casas said. “Without a practical reference of using a system like this, it’s hard to explain the experience of it.”

Here’s how it would work: If he wins the seat, registered Boulder voters can log into the system and create an account. They can see every vote Casas will face on City Council and voice how they desire for Casas to cast his vote on the council. If users don’t want to engage in every vote every time, they can set up their account to mimic another councilperson’s vote, and that can be changed at any time. In the event of a strict tie, Casas would decide for himself.

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