Democratic Institutional Design

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Cited by Sam Rosen, at

Originally in a book by Iverson et al. (2004: 106)

It proposes the following criteria:

Openness — all interested parties can participate or [have the opportunity for representation in] collective decision-making.

Equality — all parties have the same rights.

Access — the parties have access to the information they consider relevant and to the technical means necessary to collect and evaluate the information.

Transparency — the relevant principles and rules must be clear and known by all interested parties.

Accountability — procedures and rules must be available to identify the responsible actors without infringing upon somebody’s privacy.

Contestability — it must be possible to challenge opinions, decisions and actions without violating freedom of speech principles.

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See the principles of Knowing Networks, described by Stephen Downes as an antidote to the operation of the Power Law.