democratic domain

A democratic domain is a domain name - and URIs that include it - wholly under democratic control of its users. This satisifies some audit criteria of open politics in force.

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Three obvious problems plague and inhibit democratic domain development:
  1. participation inequality - very few people actually contribute to online decisions or even to debates, meaning that at most a form of representative democracy or a very lopsided participatory democracy could develop;
  2. Internet governance doesn't directly support any democratic management methods, quite the opposite, it defines domain name holders as owners rather than as stewards, and thus control of corporate entities that own domains is control of the domains, period
  3. Methods of online deliberation are weak and relatively underdeveloped.


The Efficient Civics Guild studies the organizational and technical problems and opportunities of democratic domains.