Reform to Direct Democracy - the complete architecture
Should the UK people choose to invoke UNDHR Article 21 and Article 61 of the Magna Carta [which the UK is signed-up to], so as to take immediate legitimate control of all policy decision-making by forming an Electoral Commission and UN-sanctioned direct democracy with majority election and without revolution or, should the People's Administration win the next UK general election, a new public voter website will be uploaded.
On the voter website, all policies from all registered parties current at the point of reform to direct democracy will be listed under their relevant searchable category such as Health, Environmental, Education, Financial, Foreign Policy etc and the arguments for and against any policy implementation will be provided on-line by its author and voters. People will be able to rate, comment and vote on policies and, people will also be able to submit their own policy ideas for a potential national vote at any time. All of the parties [including the PA] will be forcibly disbanded so as to make-way for people-based politics and true democracy.
The website will be fully compliant with regards to web accessibility protocols and, with regards to the UK Disability Discrimination Act 1995. We will ourselves set an even higher precedent by making the site fully audio-enabled to assist those with visual disabilities and to offer further convenience to all.
The use of links published in comments and/or policy sections that target external websites controlled by a user is acceptable provided that these sites are not co-ordinated hate campaigns, do not incite violence or incite violating democratically-established laws and are not commercial advertising campaigns. Any links must target only pages on external sites that contain information that relates specifically and only to the comment or policy published on the voter website by a user. We would also encourage the publishing of links on external sites that target any policies or comments published on the voter website, so as to enable users to further generate publicity for their policies or comments.
It goes without saying that the more important an author believes a policy to be, the more effort that author will invest into marketing that policy proposal.
The most important policies [as rated by voters] will be submitted to the national vote for a limited time period and at the close of the voting period for each policy, the result would be implemented into law by the new parliamentary administration on behalf of the majority.
Voters will be able to search the website by keyword for policies within any selected category and the results will appear ranked by a voter-rating system in order of importance. Anyone will be able to browse through policies and opinions submitted by all of the current parties as well as those submitted by voters themselves. Policies uploaded by telephone-only voters as audio recordings will be automatically converted and published in mp3 format in their respective categories.
Telephone-only voters will have access to an automated menu-driven service that will use a push-button only command facility. At this stage, the People's Administration will not use speech recognition software as we feel that this technology is currently to temperamental. For example; it can't consider natural variations in a users voice caused by illness or caused by a poor signal.
Telephone voters will be able to upload their own policies for potential vote to the website by using the incorporated voice recording facility. Recorded policies can be reviewed immediately by phone prior to submission to the website. After submission, the recording will be automatically converted and published on the website in mp3 format. Telephone voters will also be able to listen to all policies by phone, as we will be employing server-side text-to-speech software to translate policies uploaded in text format.
Policies will be rated by voters so as to raise their status and ranking in search results within their category and to give them more exposure. Policies that are not considered by the people to be important will be rated and ranked lower and will 'drop-off' if ranked at the bottom for a certain time. Policies that are considered the most important will climb and be listed closer to the top and the top policies will then be submitted to the national vote.
Even after placing a vote on a particular policy, voters will have the option of changing their mind right up until the close of the voting period for any particular policy. For security reasons, it will not be possible for voters to see a national daily tally of votes for each policy during its voting period. This is because this aspect of the website could potentially be open to attack and therefore manipulation, as the technology to run it would have to be hosted on the Internet itself.
For any policy to be implemented by the People's Administration, it must secure a majority with a margin of a certain percentage of the total votes regardless of the turnout. This margin could be comparable to that which is currently acceptable to secure a win in a general election or to secure a vote within the House of Commons and/or the House of Lords.
Should a margin not be wide enough to favour the majority vote, the policy will be re-launched until it either secures the required margin during a re-vote, or slips out of the policy ranks all together.
Individual voters from within any household will be able to set up and register a Voter Account free of charge. The process will be simpler and more secure than that involved in setting up a Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube or any web-based email account but, will involve submitting far less information.
Telephone-only voters will be able to set up their account by the phone and once the account is active, telephone voters will then be able to interact with the voter website from anywhere in the UK at any time from either a land line telephone, mobile device or the web.
Each eligible voter will be sent a unique voter registration ID number by post [which happens currently anyway]. In our opinion, traditional post is currently more secure than email and it is important that each voter is the only person able to see their own voter registration ID number linked to their name and address. Each voter must then submit this ID number by telephone or on-line just once [during the voter account set-up process], along with a user-created name and pass word. This is exactly the same process that the government now uses for HMRC's Income Tax Self Assessment facility.
Returning registrations will be compared against the already-existing database that holds the details of the country's eligible voters and ID numbers. The voter accounts will then be activated and, each voter account would enable only one vote per policy. For security reasons, National Insurance numbers will not be used as there are currently over 18 million duplicate National Insurance numbers in circulation and as far as we know, they are not linked to the current database of voter registration numbers anyway.
Using this system substantially increases security as the People's Administration and any databases behind the public voter website will not need to know and record any names, addresses, phone numbers, National Insurance numbers, age, or any identifiable information at all during the account set-up process.
In the event of a potential on-line intrusion, the only data available to steal would be a list of user names and pass words that link to nothing and no one. Currently, local council on-line customer accounts hold ALL personal information and, are openly accessible to foreign regimes with David Cameron's permission and - all without monitoring.
An internal direct message [DM] system linked to each account will enable two-way communication between voters and the public voter website administrators meaning that the system will not even require email addresses - unlike most social network sites.
Voter anonymity and security will be maintained, as there would be no need for the administration to keep records of individual voter histories, unless a voter chooses to retain a record. If voters choose this option, then obviously their votes will be recorded and will only be disclosed to them through their on-line voting account.
Voters will also be able to select various options so as to receive alerts regarding specific policy activity.
Sub-systems will be duplicated and hosted on-line by every local government and council office across the country so as to address local policies that only affect the people who live within a certain area - there is no reason as for why direct democracy would not function appropriately at national, regional and local level independently.
If Parliament and society at-large already considers the Internet to be technically and politically safe enough to use for cash transactions, the security services, our defensive networks [including nuclear weapons systems], nuclear plants, access to councils accounts, mass petition-signing and for the NHS personal medical records database [which incidentally has now been hacked], we believe that it is therefore safe enough for true and direct democracy.
In our opinion, while all of these facilities are now on-line, it is ridiculous to then decide that using the web to gather opinions and ideas could make us any more vulnerable than those we've elected have already made us and, it is no 'coincidence' that those who pose this objection have no idea that their nearest nuclear power plant is now on-line.
An attack of any nature [cyber, solar storm, loss of grid supply etc.] against the public voter website would not amount to an attack on UK democracy or UK society and would therefore have no political or social implications because, the voter website will be used purely and only for creating laws - not for enforcing laws [this is the job of the police]. At worst, an attack against the public voter website would temporarily prevent people from uploading, viewing and/or voting on policies.
With all of its potential security risks, we still believe that true and direct democracy administered on-line is far safer than trusting 'qualified' politicians who fear your free will becoming law and unlike Parliament, at least we've developed a viable validation and oversight mechanism that will highlight any potential corruption regarding policy implementation.
In 2013, David Cameron unlawfully tasked GCHQ with creating vote rigging tools that can be used by the state so as to illegally hack and amend on-line vote systems and, this was only possible because MPs voted years ago to ban secret service and intelligence officers from disclosing information about any crimes committed by MPs and unelected Lords and Ladies [the core of the establishment] to any 3rd party. As such, any officer who breaches this law will be tried for treason [in secret] and, it is due to this block that MPs are able to pressurise officers into undertaking unlawful practices because, officers [of any level] who refuse such orders have their jobs and pensions threatened and can't report any unlawful orders to anyone anyway. It is criminal MPs who break laws by ordering officers to commit to unlawful acts and obviously, no officer can disclose when MPs do this and, with intelligence officers already banned from reporting the crimes of MPs, David Cameron now wants the lawful right to hide the identities of any MPs who get arrested [automatic lawful cover-ups].
Due to the nature of network technology, we do not believe that it will ever be possible to guarantee 100% protection from intrusion for any on-line system and so, only the front-end [interface] aspects of the voter accounts will be hosted on-line. The back-end aspects that tally and record votes for potential policy implementation will not be connected to the Internet or any network, meaning that the part of the system that influences the administration will actually be 100% intrusion-proof because vote information will be transferred manually and physically [not remotely] from the front-end to the back-end on a daily basis.
To summarise; The system will be Stand-alone and not networked and so, any attempt to fraudulently influence policy formation would have to be executed physically [not remotely] on-site and in person. The site will be built using the most simple technology and will consist of minimalists architecture, making it robust and easy to maintain with less components being exposed to potential on-line attack.
Allowing UK voters to access the site from abroad by telephone or via the web also brings additional security risks and so at this stage, access to any aspect of the site will only be given to UK-based voters whilst access by anyone from outside the UK will be screened and blocked. This measure will substantially reduce the threat from any potential foreign-based attack and in addition, an IP lock-out system can be used so that voters can only log-in to the public voter website via pre-configured geographical addresses and/or devices and, we are also working towards using blockchain technology so as to scramble and encrypt voter data.
In principal, the potential results of a hack would be no different to those of the practice of rich, influential individuals lobbying Parliament but unlike our so-called 'representative' Parliament, we actually have a counter-mechanism for dealing with hacks:
Independent opinion polls will be commissioned so as to gauge voter opinion off-line. This will act as a 'checksum' and should there be any substantial difference between the off-line and on-line ratio of votes, this could indicate the occurrence of a potential security breach and so would warrant investigation before any voted policy is implemented in law.
We believe that building the voter website in-house under the project management of the People's Administration will increase security whilst minimising costs and, total build costs could be as little as £10,000 - £20,000 [plus similar costs for server and firewall security technology and enough bandwidth to run at user-capacity]. In the event of an on-line attack by 'burning' [EDOS/DDOS etc], additional bandwidth will be brought on-line so as to exceed the capacity and allow the site to continue to run and, the front-end of the public voter website will also use mirrors [duplicate servers] so that in the event of a potential on-line attack that can't be defended against, the compromised server can be de-activated with traffic being automatically re-routed to one of its unaffected mirrors.
In a PA direct democracy, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England would all function as separate devolved direct democracies that set and collect their own taxes but, within a united kingdom that still shares Sterling and its armed forces but that doesn't need internal borders or a UK Parliament [a true UK union without federalism]. We believe that this is the simplest, fairest, most stable and most democratic architecture for UK direct democracy.
Even our architecture for direct democracy is an open source equivalent because while it provides the basic building blocks to enable for true and direct democracy, anyone can amend or build upon it further simply by proposing any architectural, structural or procedural changes to the people for potential implementation.
The mechanics of our reform of Parliament and of parliamentary procedure could be almost seamless with minimal costs and disruption. Through the People's Administration's reform to direct democracy, the role of Prime Minister would evolve into that of Chief Administrator and would entail the duties relevant to managing the new administration.
The power to implement policy will not be available within the chief administrator's role or the role of any administrator and Whitehall and its secretaries will remain but, its role will be reformed [ministries will be replaced by departments] so as to compliment and support the work of all administrators and the administration will be ran from within Whitehall itself. The House of Lords [approx. 850 unelected lords, peers and bishops] will be completely disbanded once and for all, meaning that the UK can finally transit from a theocracy into a true and direct democracy and, with the House of Commons no-longer being required for any political activity, all houses of Parliament can become revenue-generating tourist attractions incorporating an art and media community centre and function/conference rooms available for hire.
The chief administrator and administrators will ALL be elected by the people [previous MPs and ministers may apply] and will no-longer be selected by a prime minister and, ALL applications will be assessed, accepted or denied by the people so, the people will choose who runs which Whitehall departments. This also means that the quality of leadership will increase as departments will be ran by people who have demonstrated that they want to run a particular department [currently, ministers do not choose which ministry they run] and, that they are actually experienced enough to run it.
As national and Parliamentary budgetary policy will be determined by the people, the salaries and expenses of all administrators, secretaries and assistants will also be determined by the people.
We propose that each post-holder be able to serve at least one year in office before the nomination of other candidates can be put to the public vote and to conclude the reform process from so-called 'representative' democracy to direct democracy and from partisan politics to people politics, the People's Administration party itself will then be disbanded along with all other registered political parties. Should any one wish to revert the system back to representative democracy [or to any other system], they can simply express this notion as a poll and encourage others to vote for it [the current system and even general elections offer no lawful mechanism for reform of any nature]. Our architecture for direct democracy is an open source equivalent because while it provides the basic building blocks to enable for true and direct democracy, anyone can amend or build upon it further simply by proposing any architectural, structural or procedural changes to the people for potential implementation.
Only a Western reform to direct democracy now, will save the economy and the environment and, it is only Western media agencies that are preventing you from knowing that you can make it happen legitimately, immediately, with majority election and without revolution.
Voting for direct democracy outside a general election
It is up to us, the people [not the politicians] to use the power that we have always had, to choose to implement direct democracy as soon as possible.
This is not a protest campaign.
In accordance with Magna Carta Article 61 and with UN UDHR Article 21 and with all democratic principals up-held by the UN [which the UK is signed-up to], the People's Administration's Direct Democracy Twitter blog is a UN-sanctioned and legally recognised voting format for UK reform to direct democracy - even outside a general election.
Vote legitimately for a peaceful and structured UK reform to direct democracy now simply by following the People's Administration's Direct Democracy Twitter blog and when numbers reach a point of critical mass, we'll do the rest.
The People's Administration's constitution for reform to direct democracy and our voting protocols for implementing direct democracy have both been accepted by the UK Electoral Commission and the UN as legitimate. In a general election, the People's Administration DOES NOT have to field candidates to secure your vote on the ballot paper. Outside a general election, you can vote for a legitimate reform to direct democracy now by following @self_rule
The PA architecture for reform to direct democracy is documented and archived by the British Library.