A. The network provides voters worldwide an autonomous parallel track for agenda setting, consensus building, and political organizing to win elections. Voters can access this parallel track by using their smartphones and computers to surf into the votersunited.global website. They can create free private accounts on the network, and private screen names after verifying their identies. These steps will authorize them to use the network's global communication tools and services. Their personal information and activities are inaccessible to third parties.
Individuals intending to vote can use the agenda setting tools to define, describe, and share their needs and legislative priorities with other intending voters who have joined the network. They can search the network's databases to identify and connect with voters with similar needs and priorities.
Together they can explore ways and means to democratically ensure their priorities and legislative agendas are enacted into law, within and across election districts and national frontiers, to meet common needs and solve common problems, crises, and emergencies, such as those caused by global pandemics and extreme weather.
They can negotiate with key participants, such as existing political parties and voting blocs, proposals for setting common legislative agendas, at all levels of government, within and across election districts and national frontiers. They can vote on these proposals using the network's voting utility
If the negotiations prove fruitful in setting common agendas, voters can opt to join existing political parties and collectively agree to nominate and support the election of common slates of candidates.
If the negotiations are unsuccessful, voters can use the network's political organizing tools and services to create their own online parties, voting blocs, and electoral coalitions, and host them on the network. They can use their parties, blocs, and coalitions to nominate and run winning campaigns to elect their own candidates.
In addition, voters can actively collaborate in devising legislative agendas for resolving conflicts, crises, and emergencies, especially those left unaddressed and/or unresolved by the small numbers of elected lawmakers who control legislative bodies.
To heighten their profile and expand their influence, voters can use network communication tools to broadcast their needs and priorities to the public at large and the media. They can use network tools to conduct polls and publicize the results, enabling millions of voters to provide lawmakers timely and continuous legislative mandates for resolving political controversies, conflicts, stalemates, and crises.
A. Most mainstream voters have diversified sets of needs and priorities that cross partisan lines and do not fit neatly into the platforms and agendas of established political parties and their electoral candidates. In particular, mainstream voters tend to be willing to dialogue with each other and find ways to compromise divergent views. Unlike uncompromising members of fringe groups polarized by external influences, mainstream voters favor working out compromises to prevent legislative stalemates. They are predisposed to resolve partisan legislative conflicts sparked by established parties competing with each other to win votes and dominate legislative bodies.
They are assisted in accomplishing these goals by the network's consensus building tools, which enable voters to circumvent the confining political spectrum of partisan and ideologically based divisions espoused by traditional political parties. The network's unique agenda setting and political organizing tools also free voters from having to vote in elections controlled by a few officially registered parties, which require voters to choose between parties and party candidates that have set priorities reflecting these divisions, and selected electoral candidates to run on official party ballot lines with little if any input from voters.
These tools enable millions of voters to play historically unprecedented roles in determining and implementing legislative priorities and agendas — while simultaneously reducing the nearly exclusive agenda-setting roles of traditional political parties, their electoral candidates, and small numbers of lawmakers elected to legislative and executive bodies
Voters can use these network tools to autonomously set their own priorities and legislative agendas across this spectrum and beyond. They can join together to use network political organizing tools to build their own political parties, voting blocs, and coalitions to endorse and elect lawmakers to enact their agendas .
Voters can bypass uncompromising, partisan and ideologically determined views by using network tools to:
A. Voters can use the Global Social Network for Voters to transform the relationships among the key participants that traditionally control elections, and the traditional sequence of electoral activities that determine who runs for office, who gets elected, and what laws are passed.
The network facilitates this transformation by enabling voters to play a more determining role than established political parties in setting legislative priorities and agendas, and building temporary and/or permanent online political parties, voting blocs, and electoral coalitions hosted on the network, whose members set their own priorities and decide which electoral candidates are placed on official ballots in election districts.
This sequence is a sharp contrast with traditional practices, which compels voters to choose between the platforms of established political parties and the legislative agendas party candidates, and vote for one party candidate. This practice carries the implicit assumption that voters endorse party priorities and candidates' agendas, even though voters exercise little, if any, influence in these decisions. The "winning" parties and candidates typically and rather disingenuously assert they represent voters and their actions reflect voters' priorities and agendas, despite voters passive roles.
Voters can circumvent these undemocratic party practices and traditional sequence by using the network to steps such as those outlined below. Network agenda-setting and political organizing tools enable them to set their own priorities and agendas first, and second to create their own parties, blocs, and coalitions to supplant traditional parties, candidates, priorities, and agendas.
Voters can create these ad hoc organizations online, set their own rules for governing their parties, and reach out to other voters to join the parties--without having to register them officially in specific electoral districts. They can be temporary or permanent, depending on local, regional, and cross-national factors and circumstances. They can also create alliances and negotiate common agendas with already established parties, voting blocs, and electoral coalitions that appear to share their legislative priorities and agendas.
Alternatively, their members can register in established parties in sufficient numbers to equal and exceed their existing membership. They can then use or create whatever rules they need to determine acceptable priorities and agendas, and place candidates of their choice on their official ballot lines. However, they will retain their autonomy as independent organizations created and governed by voters belonging to the Global Social Network for Voters using network tools and services -- especially its voting utility--to enable their members to democratically vote on any and all decisions.
Below is a step-by-step description of how voters can institute this new sequence.
To protect the privacy of individual users, the network enables individuals intending to vote (they do not have to be registered to vote or indicate where they intend to vote) to obtain verified, encrypted identities to gain authorization to access the Global Social Network for Voters and use its tools and services.
This encryption option prevents access to the network by unidentified and disguised social media users, including trolls, bots, and foreign entities that mislead, confuse, distort and bias voters' perceptions in order to sway their votes.
Once authorized, they can use the network's agenda setting tools to specify and update their legislative priorities at will, individually and collectively, using four different methods.
Voters can create their own personal networks hosted on the Global Social Network for Voters.
They can take advantage of the well-documented ability of self-selecting, horizontally organized groups of people to effectively identify and master challenges, especially in comparison to hierarchically organized political parties whose officials must adhere to fixed ideologies and partisan views.
Mainstream voters' legislative priorities are more centrist and convergent than those of political party activists and donors, which that tend towards right and left extremes, according to extensive research.
Mainstream voters, including a majority of voters in the U.S., are more willing than party activists to compromise their preferences across partisan lines, especially to void the legislative stalemates caused by ideologically driven political parties and party lawmakers.
The Global Social Network for Voters provides voters unlimited opportunities 24/7 to initiate and participate in dialogues aimed at collaboratively setting legislative agendas across the board.
The network's Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies and databases enable voters to formulate queries to elicit a broad range of fact-checked information and legislative options. The consensus building tools of the network facilitate evaluation, discussion and debate regarding these options, as voters seek to resolve common problems, crises, emergencies and conflicts requiring legislative action.
The network's political organizing tools enable voters to build, manage, and host on the network self-organizing voting blocs, political parties, and electoral coalitions.
They can reach out to join forces with other voters on the network across partisan lines, and work together globally and domestically in specific election jurisdictions where their members can register to vote in sufficient numbers to elect representatives to enact common agendas.
The Global Social Network for Voters is unique in connecting virtually unlimited numbers of voters to each other, irrespective of where they are eligible to vote, and without regard to prior affiliations, preferences, and priorities.
Since the majority of electoral districts that elect members of the U.S. House of Representatives are gerrymandered by the political party that controls the state legislature, voters are confined to districts that are artificially homogeneous.
The voters are not consigned to these districts randomly but politically by the political party that controls a voters' state legislature, in order to undemocratically confer advantages and incumbency on the candidates and elected representative of the controlling party.
In contrast, the Global Social Network for Voters enables voters to circumvent this partisan manipulation by using the network's tools to assemble winning majorities of voters that exend beyond single districts to entire regional and national levels.
These majorities can set common agendas through collaborative cross-partisan consensus building. Their members can register to vote in established parties as well as create their own parties. They use their superior numbers to defeat the candidates of the established parties on their official ballot lines, or run their own candidates on their own ballot lines, in primary and general elections.
Political parties have engaged in vote suppression and election subversion to such an extent that party-backed incumbent lawmakers often remain in office for multiple terms and even decades, in violation of a hallmark principle of democratic forms of government entitling voters to replace incumbent officeholders in periodic elections.
This violation is so egregious that a majority of U.S. voters has long expressed the desire to see most members of the U.S. Congress replaced, and an end to the electoral and legislative monopoly of the two major U.S. political parties. But these demands have been thwarted by the lawmakers who refuse to pass legislation to overturn laws, court decisions, and practices they use to get elected term after term.
The Global Social Network for Voters will put an end to violation of this bedrock democratic principle by empowering voters to build their own parties and host them on the network, so they can run their own candidates, and raise enough money online to finance electoral campaigns to defeat the candidates of established monopoly parties.
Undemocratic political parties and state legislatures controlled by such parties in the U.S. have devised effective measures to prevent eligible voters from registering to vote, casting their ballots, and ensuring their ballots are accurately tallied.
To counteract this derogation of universally recognized voting rights, the Global Social Network for Voters enables the voting blocs, political parties, and electoral coalitions hosted on the network to provide their members reliable information they need to:
Among the primary causes of voters' lost of trust in the fairness and responsiveness of lawmakers is the gap between voters' needs and legislative priorities compared to the priorities and laws enacted by elected lawmakers.
To eliminate this gap, the Global Social Network for Voters enables voters to define their needs and priorities in written legislative agendas, individually and collectively, and transmit them to electoral candidates and elected representatives.
Voters no longer have to wait for future elections that are unlikely to change the status quo, for they can use the network to continually transmit written legislative mandates to lawmakers throughout the year.
Voters can conduct online petition drives, referenda, and initiatives, which add details and reminders to elected representatives to heed the demands of the constituents whose votes enabled them to take office, and the demands of large majorities of voters at state, regional, and national levels who are monitoring their actions.
Lawmakers will no longer be able to ignore the needs, priorities, and demands of their constituents and majorities of voters at large because the network enables voters to conduct online recall votes at any time.
They can tally and transmit the results to warn unresponsive lawmakers that they risk defeat in forthcoming elections if they do not change course and actively and effectively respond to voters' requests.
A. The large majority of governments are controlled by lawmakers who have not been elected by majorities of voters, and enact laws that are not approved by majorities of voters. Among the dozens of mechanisms they use to get elected without the approval of voters who would be casting votes against them are legal and illegal obstacles that prevent them from doing so. In the U.S., these mechanisms include:
In addition, officials and candidates of one of the two major U.S. political parties appear to be using intimidation tactics, and threats of violence to deter individuals from serving as election officials. It is also using the tactic of refusing to accept the validity of election results, declaring elections to be "stolen", and refusing to accept elected officials as legal office holders.
To circumvent these obstacles to majority rule, the Global Social Network for Voters enables voters to wrest control of elections and legislation from political parties and minority rule lawmakers that willfully interfere with voters' exercise of their political sovereignty, and their universally recognized civic and political rights--especially their voting rights.
For example, voters can use network tools and services to monitor and oversee elections at all levels, across election districts and national frontiers. They can compare the "official" results with information gathered from voters who actually voted, in order to see which results had the highest numbers. Wide discrepancies will enable voters to call attention to possible irregularities and request recounts.
As cited above, network tools enable voters to assemble majorities of voters large enough to change constitutions, existing laws, institutions, processes, regulations and practices that govern elections, such as the U.S. Electoral College, winner-take-all elections that enable minority rule, and grossly undemocratic procedures such as the U.S. Senate's "filibuster".
For example, voters who use the network to collaborate in setting legislative agendas and building blocs, parties, and coalitions to implement them, can build majorities of voters to elect lawmakers at all levels of government who endorse voters' agendas to amend the U.S. Constitution to change or abolish the Electoral College. They can use their electoral power to pressure all lawmakers to enact their agendas, and replace and defeat lawmakers who oppose their efforts.
For example, voters can use network tools, especially the voting utility, to conduct and publicize the results of petition drives, referendums, initiatives, and prospective recall votes to alert popularly unresponsive lawmakers when their legislative actions and votes risk their defeat in upcoming elections.
Importantly, voter can use the network to raise funds online to support the work of their parties, blocs, and coalitions, and conduct winning campaigns to elect candidates of their choice, across election districts and national frontiers.
In the U.S., since their blocs, parties, and coalitions will include members who reside in states across the country and can assemble majorities of voters to determine who is elected at all levels of government, they will have the electoral power to change virtually any laws and institutions they wish -- including state legislatures in which their members reside, as well as state courts.
These majority building activities are likely to prove indispensable to instituting a fully-functioning democracy now that legislatures and courts at all levels in the U.S. are passing laws and making decisions that contradict the expressed demands of majorities of U.S. voters. These contradictions are exemplified by well-document majority opposition to laws and court decisions that prevent the passage of gun control legislation, and deny women health care choices and reproductive rights. The network strengthens democracy by enabling voters to exercise their political sovereignty by deciding what governing laws, institutions, and processes they desire to retain, change, or abolish.
In an historic break with past practices that isolated voters and confined their voting power to single election districts in one country, the network now makes it possible for voters to build and manage blocs, parties, and coalitions that operate simultaneously within and across multiple election districts in multiple countries.
They can collectively devise domestic, cross-national, and global solutions to risks and threats to their lives and livelihoods caused by government failures to stop climate catastrophes, preventable pandemics, acts of violence, and predatory economies that increase inequalities of wealth and income.
In another break with historical precedents, voters' coordinated, cross-national consensus building by large majorities of voters in multiple countries can induce multi-lateral cooperation among governments that typically find it difficult to work together. Their leaders' actions will now be influenced by the electoral power of these voting majorities to decide which officials are re-elected or defeated and replaced.
A. A primary goal of the network is to provide voters everywhere who are members of the network a unique 24/7 platform for engaging in continuous dialogues, debates, and consensus building aimed at reconciling diverse political views and setting common legislative agendas.
Research has shown that heterogeneous groups whose members espouse divergent views can often moderate the perspectives of members who have not thoroughly evaluated their own, and may have been influenced by opinion leaders whom they perceive to hold higher social, economic, and political status than they do.
To take advantage of intra-group moderation, the network's deliberative platform enables voters to form voting blocs, political parties, and electoral coalitions whose members can engage in ongoing dialogues and debates at any time--including with voters whose views may first appear to lie outside the mainstream, but are amended after interaction with other group members.
These deliberative processes can counteract the impact of social media platforms that use Artificial Intelligence-based algorithms programmed to identify and spread divergent views, and provoke divisiveness among users, even when these views are based on falsehoods and misrepresentation of actual facts.
These algorithms tend to be used by competing politicians and political parties to polarize and divide voters into hostile groups, especially by provoking arguments among voters based on exaggerations and even outright lies. They pit polarized groups of voters against each other in order to "gin up" angry electoral bases large enough to win elections.
The Global Social Network for Voters is designed to attain an opposite goal, which is to unite voters by connecting them online with a primary goal of identifying common needs. and distinguishing facts from fictions propagated by polarizing social media platforms, politicians, and political parties.
The network enables voters to build consensus across partisan lines, and form voting blocs, political parties, and electoral coalitions around common legislative agendas, by using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technology to replace biased algorithms.
The network's agenda setting, consensus building, and political organizing tools enable voters to build such large cross-partisan electoral bases comprised of voters across the spectrum that they can nominate and elect lawmakers to defeat hyperpartisan candidates and parties.
News Feeds: Voters and their blocs, parties, and coalitions can create and curate their own news feeds comprised of reliable sources they trust. The network will not be providing a centrally controlled, algorithm-based, news feed that differentially channels news to specific groups of network users.
A. The Global Social Network for Voters incorporates advanced, decision-assisting Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technology enabling voters to globally expand their electoral influence across election districts and national boundaries. It does so by connecting unprecedented numbers of voters to each other, and providing them access to a vast, unprecedented array of digitized information and databases regarding elections and legislation. This information includes numbers of registered voters, electoral turnout and results, lawmakers' decisions, enacted laws, and evaluations of the consequences of legislative enactments.
Specifically, the network's autonomous parallel track for agenda setting, consensus building, and political organization incorporates technology described in the following:
It also includes technology associated with the Watson-based IBM Project Debater, which comprises “a decision-assisting technology designed to assist people make well-informed decisions by debating with an AI-based argumentation tool that argues on behalf of fact-checked arguments against non-fact-based arguments.”
Voters can add their own information to these databases, obtain selected information, and evaluate, synthesize, and amend any information they access. Voters can query in Natural Language the AI and ML databases to obtain specific information related to their needs and circumstances, as well as to evaluate legislative options that they may wish to include in setting common legislative agendas. They can also use this technology to fact check information to exclude misinformation derived from social media.
This technology connects and empowers voters everywhere to build political parties, voting blocs and electoral coalitions large enough to elect candidates of their choice—and, if necessary, institute majority rule to supplant minority rule. The network's voting utility enables members of political parties, voting blocs, and electoral coalitions hosted on the network to vote on members' proposals. Such votes may include proposals for determining which items to include in common legislative agendas, and, more broadly, how to build and democratically manage political parties, voting blocs, and electoral coalitions hosted on the network
The technology also enables the members of parties, blocs, and coalitions that expand across election districts and national frontiers to regroup to influence elections at all levels of government, by registering their members in new and existing political parties that endorse their agendas, and nominating and campaigning to elect candidates of their choice to legislative bodies.
Additional technology-based capabilities include the following:
World Changing Games
A. The renowned game developer, Jane McGonigal, is the author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.
She points out that 500 million people play online social games every day, especially massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs). They prefer games of collaboration and camaraderie to games of warfare and aggression.
These players, according to McGonigal, are creating a global "collective intelligence" about ways and means by which ordinary people like themselves can dramatically improve the quality of human life, and solve societal problems that cause preventable physical and emotional suffering.
McGonigal believes the reason so many people play world-saving games is because real world environments and institutions deny them the power to be heroic. Participation in these games adds meaning and happiness to players' imaginary lives by enabling them to make valuable contributions to their online communities.
At the same time, they are developing interpersonal problem solving skills that they can use in the real world to play collaborative, pro-active roles in real life that enable them to join forces with legions of other people to solve problems causing human suffering -- including their own.
Voters worldwide can enhance their "collective intelligence" for strengthening democracy by playing the world changing VotersUnited.Global Game. They can use their game playing skills and strategies to expand their know-how for using the Global Social Network for Voters to increase their control over elections.
The VotersUnited.Global game is an online board game using a deck of cards. When voters play the game, they will quickly see how they can use the web and tools accessible on the Global Social Network for Voters to circumvent obstacles preventing them from controlling their elections and determining who runs for office, who gets elected, and what laws are passed.
Although the game was originally invented for the U.S. electorate to empower American voters to control U.S. elections and legislation, the game addresses generic challenges encountered by people living in countries throughout the world.
Playing the VotersUnited.Global Game will show voters around the world how they can build their own voting blocs, political parties and electoral coalitions to circumvent impediments similar to those existing worldwide.
The game can be played online as well as face-to-face by players in homes, schools and communities, by any number of participants using mobile and desktop devices. In both face-to-face and online versions, game players play the role of voters residing in simulated election districts that each participant selects from the game's online Election District Database, districts modeled after U.S. Congressional districts.
Players will compete with each other to develop winning strategies for setting legislative agendas and building online voting blocs, political parties, and electoral coalitions to elect a candidate for public office to represent the election district in which they have chosen to play the game.
They can search the Election District Database to obtain strategic information about each district that they can use to plan their electoral strategies and decide how to set winning agendas and build winning blocs, parties, and coalitions. This information will include voting patterns, voters' legislative preferences, prior choices of particular combinations of priorities, trends and significant political events. To initiate an online game, which can be played synchronously or asynchronously, at least two prospective players must choose the same election district from the database.
As players move around the game board, they will develop strategies for managing the effects on their legislative agendas and their blocs, parties, and coalitions of unforeseen events that add or subtract votes to and from their tallies.
Their challenge is to use events they control to add votes to their scores, and offset votes they lose as a result of events they can not control, so they can ultimately build winning blocs, parties, and coalitions that cast the highest number of votes for their candidates.
Players develop strategies for setting a legislative agenda and building winning blocs, parties, and coalitions that reflect their own personal legislative priorities, district voters' priorities and voting patterns, as well as the changing demographics of the district, according to strategic information they access in the Election District Database.
Players who builds the voting bloc, political party or electoral coalition that casts the most votes for its candidate are the winners. If two or more players merge their voting blocs and parties into coalitions that cast the most votes for their candidates, these players are the winners.
While playing the game, voters will see how the consensus building tools provided on the Global Social Network for Voters make it possible for voters worldwide to build consensus around their own collectively devised solutions to problems, crises and conflicts that current governments appear unable to devise.
They will realize they can easily get their solutions implemented legislatively by forming consensus building voting blocs, political parties and electoral coalitions large enough to determine who runs for office, who gets elected, and what laws are enacted.
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