Stanford Crowdsourced Democracy Team


March 9, 2021

The Stanford faculty used our Online Deliberation Platform to discuss the new School for Sustainability. It received positive feedback from people around campus.

June 25, 2020

Lodewijk Gelauff and Sukolsak Sakshuwong recieved a 2020-21 Magic Grant from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation for their research project entitled "Self-Moderating Online Focus Groups and Deliberation."

February 6, 2020

We were profiled by Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence in "A Moderator ChatBot for Civic Discourse."

July 28, 2017

Our work on the digital voting platform for participatory budgeting for Seattle was a great success!

October 18, 2016

Tanja Aitamurto's, Kaiping Chen's, Ahmed Cherif's and Luis Santana's paper "Civic CrowdAnalytics: Making Sense of Crowdsourced Civic Input with Big Data Tools" received the Best Paper Award at the ACM Academic MindTrek Conference in Tampere, Finland.

March 9, 2016

We were profiled in Stanford Engineering Magazine, "How algorithms can be used to give more voice to the people."

July 25, 2015

David Lee's paper "Efficient, Private, and ε-Strategyproof Elicitation of Tournament Voting Rules" was accepted to the 24th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-15) taking place July 25-31 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

March 28, 2015

Our work on the digital voting platform for participatory budgeting for New York City districts 5, 8, 27, 38, and 39 was a great success!

March 28, 2015

Our work on the digital voting platform for participatory budgeting for Cambridge, MA was a great success!

November 11, 2014

David Lee, Ashish Goel, Tanja Aitamurto and Hélène Landemore's paper, "Crowdsourcing for Participatory Democracies: Efficient Elicitation of Social Choice Functions," received a Notable Paper Award at HCOMP 2014.

October 15, 2014

Our work on the digital voting platform for participatory budgeting for the City of Vallejo was a great success! We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the voters and were recognized by the city in a proclamation for our "innovative contributions to the ... Participatory Budgeting process."

Participatory budgeting election in Vallejo, California

June 2, 2014

Ashish Goel and Betsy Vandercook (from Chicago) gave a talk at the White House conference on participatory budgeting.

Professor Ashish Goel at the White House conference on participatory budgeting

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Online Deliberation Platform

Online Deliberation Platform is a video discussion platform for groups of 8-15 people. The platform is designed to facilitate a structured and equitable conversation with better opportunity for participants to speak up.

Participatory Budgeting Platform

Stanford Participatory Budgeting Platform allows cities, municipalities, states and foundations and other organizations to run a participatory budgeting (PB) election in which people can vote on the budget.

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Our mission is to scale up collaboration and decision-making. We envision an era in which large communities can deliberate and brainstorm with one another on important issues with the aid of intelligently designed algorithms and digital communication platforms.

We believe that this will not only aid decision-makers in harnessing collective intelligence, but also lead to community members who are more informed and engaged in making their communities better.