Pietro Speroni

Title: Scalability and eDemocracy: how large group decision making differs from small group consent building

Abstract: We are going to see how eDemocratic systems can be qualitatively different depending on the size of the group using them. We will in particular look at 4 tools: Pareto Front, Genetic Algorithm, Consent and the Voting Triangle. We shall present each of them, and see how they are intertwined into a single tool (Vilfredo). Then we will see when this tool works and when does not. The lesson will end presenting the governance of online DAO as a new context where to apply our democratic design abilities leaving some open questions for the students to consider.

Biography: Pietro Speroni was born in 1970 and it is still not dead. Pietro has a degree in mathematics, a Master in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems and a PhD in Bioinformatics. His interests have always been on applied mathematics. And specifically worked first in algebra applied to biochemistry, and more recently in mathematics applied in eDemocracy, voting theory and decision making. From 2009 has been developing a specific decision making model, Vilfredo, which integrates economical concepts (the Pareto Front) with concepts coming from biology and informatics (genetic algorithms), and of course mathematics. His last interest is the development of e-democratic governance systems for DAO (Distributed Autonomous Organisations). Systems where DAO participants take decisions while being anonymous and not even knowing how many participants are present.