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InstaGov is the working name for a software tool to enable collective decision-making and cooperative action, on any scale. It might be thought of as the ultimate tool for self-organizing, or "government for anti-authoritarians". It can work either as a supplement to an existing system of government, on any scale, or possibly as a replacement, though a great deal more real-world testing would be a good idea before any significant resources are entrusted to it.

It was originally conceived in response to the flaws which have become apparent in the American system of government due to their carefully-targeted exploitation by the Bush II administration.

The software will be open source and freely available; the software design is currently being worked out at HTYP.

Technical Details

  • I have obtained the domain name, mainly for the purpose of securing the name "InstaGov" for this project; I picture this as another gateway into Issuepedia but with the emphasis on InstaGov's functions. (Issuepedia's front page should probably be reworked as well, when this happens.)
  • Software design details are being posted at HTYP.

Related Notes

  • has implemented the idea of people posting ideas and other people voting for them, but the voting is unary (one vote/abstain per idea) and there are no options to classify ideas or combine similar ideas. Note that a very similar system has been used at
  • empowerment clubs: "I propose a type of regular meeting which welcomes both atheists and people of faith, concentrates on empowering and uplifting people, and leaves all of the baggage behind."
  • Futarchy by Robin Hanson: another proposal for a new tool for governance which could fit within pretty much any existing form of government: "In futarchy, democracy would continue to say what we want, but betting markets would now say how to get it. That is, elected representatives would formally define and manage an after-the-fact measurement of national welfare, while market speculators would say which policies they expect to raise national welfare."
  • Freetown Christiania is a semi-autonomous community in Copenhagen, Denmark consisting of about 85 acres (a formerly-abandoned military base) and 850 citizens; an example of non-authoritarian government working cooperatively with existing government. I find it especially interesting that their gang problems seemed to begin when the authorities disallowed their open marijuana trade (also the bit about cooperating with the police to get rid of the hard drug users, and the police reportedly violated their promise and went after the marijuana networks as well). --Woozle 17:58, 12 August 2008 (EDT)
  • Home Rule Globally: a badly-formatted and somewhat turgid site which discusses many of the same ideas put forth here ("humans can do away with the occasion for military hostilities") as well as a lot of fuzzy, poorly-supported, and/or irrelevant rambling. --Woozle 18:14, 16 August 2008 (EDT)
  • PollDaddy: similar to the core "voting" feature of InstaGov, but without certain abilities (quick list, not necessarily complete):
    • category management, with feeds
    • range voting instead of multiple choice
    • voter verification
    • tracking of user votes by user
  • Superstruct: Rook Parliament: some examination of the issues involved with unsupervised network voting
  • Wikocracy was an attempt at defining government using only a wiki; it failed for a number of reasons, but we can learn from its mistakes.
  • MediaWiki users can easily set up informal polls, but without the flexibility and analysis planned for InstaGov. An example: conservapedia:User:CPAdmin1/Polls

Earlier Versions


Earlier versions of the idea (and different angles on the problem):