European Parliament is there to represent the people’s interests. But what if the source of all power were the people themselves? Licracy simulates real parliamentarian decisions in an app: They either decide directly or delegate their vote (liquid democracy) to a trusted party or person – delegating not every 5th year but in real time. Licracy offers a new democratic approach for those who want to challenge the political status quo.
Many Europeans feel disconnected from European politics. Licracy wants to close this gap by offering a handy tool to watch the parliaments work. Even more, by enabling European citizens to participate in the votes, app-users and the public get an idea of what the people of Europe really think.
European citizens interact with parliamentary data by vote, delegation and discussion. The results of the app can be compared to the results of the real politics. Therefore citizens who use the app aim for a bottom-up control and influence on real politics and politicians.
A demo version is already being developed and we‘re working on a beta release to prove the functionality of the liquid democracy algorithm.
The next steps are:
1. Fetch data: The decisions of the European Parliament are open data and linked to particular politicians. We want to make the data accessible in the app.
2. Testing: We want to improve the functionality for a good user experience.
3. Spread the idea: Collaborating with media, universities and politically active associations.
We've seen how society has changed over the last years. People realize the power vacuum and fear to be left behind without being heard. We believe that this alienation significantly has to do with the way politics currently work, i.e. without the consult of the people.
We're doing it for the people: Those who feel powerless, those who want to experiment with new forms of democracy, those who want to participate in decision-making.
Would you use Licracy to politically empower yourself?
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How can we finance the project on a long-term basis?