I believe that there is a way for participatory democracy to work without having to wait years or generations for democratic reforms to work their way through the legislature(s). So I have drawn on my experience as a software developer to approach the problem as a system design challenge. This site will document that process…

There are two basic assumptions or assertions upon which this project is built:

1.) Politicians need to be reminded of their true role in a representative democracy:
Theoretically, a candidate on the campaign trail is auditioning to be your advocate: your voice and defender of your rights in whatever legislative assembly he or she will be elected to. But we know that elected representatives never make any real effort to find out where their constituents stand on issues before voting for (or against) bills in the legislature. According to the conventions of party discipline (enforced by “whips”) they must vote only according to party policy. How can we change this obviously undemocratic status quo and get politicians to actually start representing the voters who elect them?

2.) We now have the technology to create the first truly accountable politician:
The current hyper-networked “Social Media” environment provides a ready-made platform to facilitate much better bi-directional (or “two-way”) communication between citizens and their elected representatives. The only missing ingredient is the right system (“program” or “application”) for this purpose.

Developer Profile for PRODEMOCRACY founder C.P.Bryan
This section will focus mainly on educational and professional experience that relates best to this project proposal…

After completing a B.A. (in Social Sciences) from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, (Political Theory, Metaphysics, Sociology, Mass Communications, Psychology), I returned to college for another 3 years to focus on more technical and applied studies (Database Design, Systems Analysis and Design, Auditing, Economics, Accounting). Since 2000, I have been mainly involved with designing and developing network-based groupware applications. While working for one multinational corporation, I helped document the requirements and procedures of the IT department towards ISO (International Standards Organisation) certification. While working for a different corporation, I helped design and develop a highly secure, multi-user project management / data collection / document storage platform.

Personal Notes:

I initially became interested in computer programming because I wanted to develop applications to support my creative interests. In the late 90’s I released a shareware word processing application for creative writers called Cut’n’Mix. In 2008, I launched an online service for film and video producers which provides functions for: search, preview, download and license purchase of royalty free music. This site continues to grow, both in terms of the size of the music library and number of subscribers. Check it out here: freesoundtrackmusic.com.

Contact Info: Visitors to this site are welcome to send feedback, suggestions or inquiries to me using the following email address: colin@interannex.com. (PRODEMOCRACY is a project proposal by C.P.Bryan for The Internet Annex).