It's Time for Mandatory Voting—And We Have the Technology to Do It

The voting system in the US is deplorable. Not only is our methodology outdated, we have the lowest turnout rate of any developed nation. The solution to almost every election-related challenge is to make voting mandatory. And with a little tech reform, we could do it in time for the 2016 presidential election. » 3/25/15 11:00am 3/25/15 11:00am

A Voting App Thinks I'm a Libertarian. I'm Not.

This is the last week to register to vote in many parts of the country, and with several pivotal midterm elections on deck, it's a good time to make sure you're an informed citizen. Normally this would entail things like reading up on the issues, but these days apps and sites are trying to make choosing what… » 10/15/14 12:34pm 10/15/14 12:34pm

What Would Change If Politicians Wrote Laws Based on Internet Polls?

A new political party, designed by software devs and engineers, is joining the race in California. If elected, PlaceAVote's Congressional candidates vow to decide on every bill based on the majority vote of their constituents—as measured via online polling. Could that sort of direct, digital democracy improve how… » 5/24/14 5:00pm 5/24/14 5:00pm

Nevermind Obama - Vote Anonymous in 2012

LulzSec may have been in it for the laughs, but Anonymous has always claimed that its hack attacks and DDoS bombs are designed to push forward a liberating social agenda. "Hooey," you might say, "What about that time Anonymous harassed that kid with the No Cussing Club?" and we'd have no option but to nod our heads… » 7/09/11 10:00am 7/09/11 10:00am

Nokia Crowdsources All That Boring "Design" Business

You know what? Nokia's just about had it with you guys complaining about the design of their devices. "Let's see you do better," the company says. "No, really, use this panel of sliders and buttons to design your dream phone." » 3/20/10 11:40am 3/20/10 11:40am

Estonia Will Be the First Country to Elect Politicians Using Mobile…

Instant democracy is getting closer. In 2011, Estonians will be able to elect their representatives using cellphones. How would it work and, more importantly, will it actually work? » 12/12/08 6:20pm 12/12/08 6:20pm

Lightning Review: Voting Machines (Verdict Pending)

The Gadget: » 11/04/08 10:15am 11/04/08 10:15am Touchscreen, punch card and lever voting machines Free with registration Unclear.There have been , but all that matters is them working on the release day. And is finally the release day for these super-hot gadgets after an agonizingly-long two-year marketing push, so expect lines as long as the iPhone…

Gizmodo PSA Contest: Don't Forget to Vote

There is only one day left to vote for the winner of the Gizmodo PSA Contest. A very nice Canon HV20 is on the line. The poll closes Wednesday at noon Eastern. Thanks again to everyone who entered. » 5/01/07 3:15pm 5/01/07 3:15pm

Open-Source Democracy Video Player Updated: Tastes Great, Less Filling

If you're fed up with Windows Media Player, the QuickTime player or any of those other pretenders to greatness, there's a new version of the open-source Democracy Player just released that's reportedly faster and more stable than its predecessors. » 11/28/06 10:53am 11/28/06 10:53am