More on digital democracies
Thu, 17 Aug 2000 11:39:32 -0700
> Making democracy stable in a virtual reality has several
> special challenges.
> Solutions to pseudospoofing and tossers ... : ... make joining
> difficult, costly, and/or slow ...
Note that these were also the solution to making democracy
stable in historical reality; the extended franchise is a
relatively modern invention.
Spoofing and stuffing seem like they'd be a larger problem
for virtual realities, but I believe there is a story about
an election in GA that Carter won on appeal: it was just a
bit suspicious that all of the dead people who voted for his
opponent did so in alphabetical order.
(the really amusing thing about the story is that when he
got to the state legislature, one of the first debates on
the agenda was just how long one had to be dead before no
longer being eligible to vote...)