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The Principles of LiquidFeedback presents an in-depth insight into the philosophical, political, and technological aspects of decision-making using the internet. The book also offers a comprehensive look at 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, all the while answering critical and practical questions about the software itself, liquid democracy, and democracy at large.

This book is a must-read for anybody planning to make online decisions or building online decision platforms, and offers a compelling read for anybody interested in the future of democracy in the digital age.

Within its 200 pages, the book offers the following:

  • detailed descriptions of the concepts of Liquid Democracy
  • explanation of the structured discussion process in LiquidFeedback, including:
    • the collective moderation system
    • protection of minorities and the problem of “noisy minorities”
    • preferential voting
  • reasons for the design principles of LiquidFeedback
  • real-world integration into existing democratic systems
  • analysis of the verifiability of voting systems
  • glossary and an extensive index
  • bibliographic references
  • more than 20 illustrations

Order at bookstores world wide with the ISBN 978-3-00-044795-2.

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A Spanish translation of the book is also now available for download.

Any existing errata can be viewed online.

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