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An Instrument Built for Change
Epitome is an online direct democracy platform for societies of every demand or size. It enables the full and non-exclusive participation of citizens and members through an appealing and abundant design.
Rather than top-down, government controlled referendums,
Epitome is a responsive system in which the individual proposals
are subjected to peer evaluation.
Epitome is not a closed and final product but a collection of numerous, out-of-the-box options and systems for societies and communities to customize to their accord.
All the features in this system and all its subsystems are optional and configurable and can be activated or deactivated as decided by the people.
Epitome is and will always be free and open source. Anyone can review and contribute to the development.
Accessibility. Epitome is designed to provide means of participation for people with special needs.
Adaptability. Epitome continuously scales and adapts according to the population size initially implemented and automatically adjusts through time in line with the changes in the factors of the society.
Democracy. Epitome can function as a complete direct democracy platform without the need of representatives or delegates. Additional option for proxy (delegate) voting, polls and top-down management are provided as well.
Flexibility. Every part and system included in Epitome is configurable not only upon its installation, but its settings can be put under referendum for the population to decide.
Inclusiveness. Everyone can use it provided that the community rules are followed. In this system the focus lies more in the quality of the ideas and less in the individuals behind them.
Innovation. Systems and instruments provided in the platform are built to enable the smooth transition of nations, by including ground-breaking components which promote the democratic ideology.
Liberation. Epitome is libre software; free as in free speech.
Openness. The open source nature of this platform allows it to be built by everyone, for everyone; in a sense, a Democracy in practice.
Resilience. Abuse such as propaganda, spam, explicit language, bribing, selling of vote’s etc is filtered out by peer evaluation.
Security. The verification system provides an innovative and secure way to validate votes which greatly impedes system penetration through feedback, statistical analysis and surveying.
Versatility. Countries, universities, corporations, unions and in general any form of community can use Epitome as their decision making tool with a multitude of options.
An additional information, though which people may seek to provoke thinking or protest.
The result will be decided through methods such as the First-past-the-post or more complex methods such as the Condorcet or the Borda
Users will have the option to delegate their voting power to another member whom they trust to make an informed decision in their place.
Ability to Change Vote Before Deadline
Votes are able to change before the deadline of the proposal, dealing in some degree with the problem that arises with people that are threatened to vote by their environment and giving them the option to change their vote later on.
Users will have the option through a different system, to host unofficial opinion polls
Voting ticket Each user has a hash key; a “voting ticket” for each referendum whether he participates or not.
When a user votes, his ticket, along with the time that he cast the vote and his IP address are recorded in the system.
Upon the ending of the voting, the sum of the users who voted and the users who did not vote, must be equal to the total number of registered tickets.
Users will be surveyed after some time to confirm the information from the referendums. Statistical significant deviations from previous referendum characteristics will alert the system analysts for integrity inspections.
An infiltrator trying to vote by using random tickets, will use keys that won't exist in the registered user database
If he attempts to vote for users who did not vote, the system will register a vote when the actual user is offline
If he attempts to change already registered votes, a re-check from citizens will alert a mismatch.
Users will be able to check their voting decisions in an access point. That way they won’t be able to prove their decision and sell their vote.
Proposal Submission Details
Joint stands and proposals from university boards, laboratories or research centers will provide expert opinions on proposals or issues
Requires a majority larger than 50% for the proposal to be accepted
Level of Participation
Set a minimum level of participation in order for it to get accepted.
Intra-Proposal Amendment System
To avoid resubmission of policies, proposals fall under subjects that are selectable through the submission process. After a policy has been accepted, a lock on the subject is placed.
Values Whenever a proposal contains numerical values, users will be able to change the values on the proposal with their own. The final values will be the statistical average of the total values submitted
A user can choose to make a new proposal, or amend existing ones, with his amendments also undergoing an evaluation by the citizens viewing the proposal. After the collaborating period has reached a deadline, users can decide whether or not the proposal is mature enough to undergo voting or the deadline needs extension.
Proposal Submission Control
Users will not be able to directly submit proposals towards the entire population; that would create a lot of chaos and spam even in medium sized societies.
The system of Cycles is a process through which a proposal is submitted to a small random population sample and if it is supported by that portion, it moves to the top and is promoted to the next Cycle, with a greater portion of population. In the default model, the first Cycle than someone can submit a proposal is 0.1% of the population.
A citizen is able to submit proposals only to that portion of the population. If it is supported by the people, it moves to the next Cycle, which includes 1.5% of the population. The next two Cycles are 5% and a final 15% of the population. If the proposal reaches the top of that it is submitted for voting by 100% of the population.
In the Cycle system, a submitted proposal is supported by users granting Favor. A new submission begins with an initial value of Favor, 100 in the default model, and that value disintegrates by time.
The ratio of disintegration in the default model is proportionate to the size of population and it is equal to Population x 10^(-8) or the hundreds of millions of population by hour (that is in a population of 200 million, the rate would be 2 per hour).
Proposals that reach 0 Favor are automatically removed, while the top favored proposals in each Cycle advance to the next Cycle.
A user will have a time limit after the submission of a proposal before he can submit a new one. This is called Political Capital, and the user can have a maximum of 1 submission at all times, even if he has not submitted anything new for multiple turns.
This political capital is estimated by a flat value and a value proportionate to the population size, with societies of bigger population size having increased time limits. In the default model there is a flat limit of 3 months plus the population number in milliseconds.
Comparison between China and Greece
With the aforementioned model, in China with a population of 1,355 billion, a citizen could submit a proposal once every 246 days, in a group of 1,355 million people, and his submission, if not favored by anyone would last for 7 hours, with a favor disintegration rate of 13,55 favor per hour.
In Greece, with a population of 11 million, a citizen could submit a proposal every 91 days, in a group of 11 thousand, and his submission, if not favored by anyone would last for 37 days, with a favor disintegration rate of 0,11 favor per hour.
This is a call for people to unite with us in being a part of the solution. Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill or background. Come and join a family of people dedicated to a noble purpose. Grant us the ideas that only you can uniquely generate and aid our endeavor towards the prevalence of Democracy.