YouTube competes with Hollywood as an entertainment channel, and also supplements Hollywood by acting as a distribution mechanism. Twitter has a similar relationship to news media, and Coursera to Universities. But Washington has no such counterpart; there are no online alternatives for making democratic decisions at large scale as a society. As opposed to building consensus and compromise, public discussion boards often devolve into flame wars when dealing with contentious socio-political issues. This project aims to (a) Design systems that are geared towards structured discussion and consensus decisions, as opposed to towards a free-flowing conversation that degenerates into vitriol, (b) Develop an algorithmic and game-theoretic understanding of voting, decision, and incentive mechanisms, and (c) Deploy these systems in real-life crowdsourced democracy processes, and evaluate them rigorously.
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