It is now time to do a little summary of the advances made in the hackathon we kicked off in Madrid last weekend.
First of all we, would like to thank DeskMadrid, who let us work for free in their co-working space.
And of course, we would also like to thank all the participants who gathered to help out with this project. Around 30 people came during the weekend.
Here we will summarize the issues we tackled during the hackathon, and in future entries we will give a more detailed analysis of some of them:
Authorities are the equivalent of witnesses in a polling station. The authorities are independent entities that count the ballots in parallel, so that if at least one of the authorities has not been corrupted, the result of the voting will be guaranteed.
During the hackathon we have done some simulations with several computers and we have made improvements in the system. Using the Vagrant and Puppet software tools, we have also simplified the installation process both for Agora and the authorities.
We also had a nice debate about the practical implementation of authorities, and how independent and prestigious institutions might have their own authority in an election, so that the voters receive extra assurance. Other interested parties could also have their own authority.
We have detected that, through some advanced calculus, someone might in the long run identify the identity of your delegate.
There are no current research dealing with this problem, and so this means that we at Agora are at the cutting-edge on this issue.
Usability: Registering and separation of events
During the Baldoví project there were too many stages in the voting process, the voter had first to verify his identity, then he would receive a confirmation and the he would have to sign in again to vote. We have been working so that the voter is able to vote and verify in the very same step, the vote will be counted after we have verified the voters identity, therefore he will not have to sign up after his identity has been confirmed.
We have also worked in separating the final stages of the recount. For example, you will be able to finish the voting period before publishing the results.
Localization: Review and translations
We have solved some issues in the current translations and we have also faced some of the technical issues in localization. We have also started the localization process into German and Swedish!
We also started a glossary to help user familiarize with the new word in online liquid democracy, we are also improving the user’s manual, both of them in Spanish, so far.
There were some political parties represented in the Hackathon, these parties support a more direct and representative democracy. We had very interesting debates about how to reach these goals and how we can work together. The Agoravoting tool is a very good meeting point for that purpose and that is why they all agree to help develop the tools for democracy. Compromís-Equo will continue to do liquid democracy trials in the parliament.
Future: Thursday, October 31
Yes, future is upon us, we will keep you posted!