The following is an excerpt from Chapter 7: Towards True Democracy in the book Holy War for True Democracy.
Here are the phases:
- Phase 1: Early prototyping and initial fund-raising
- Hire short-term, (mostly) part-time, inexpensive contractors (or volunteers) to build a live prototype of the trustworthiness initiative. It is expected that about half of the effort will involve exploring the most effective ways of collecting data and writing up the trustworthiness judgments described in the previous chapter. One key question is how best to discover deviations from total truthfulness – perhaps often it will be most efficient to contact journalists familiar with the subject to accelerate the research. Probably only a small percentage of the ultimate trustworthiness software system will be written at this time as the major objective is learning, not a finished product. DG will look for contractors with creativity and writing skills because it will be important to capture what is learned so that it can be transformed into self-learning training materials for the future when DG scales up to a large number of members who are submitting trustworthiness judgments. Much of the work in the prototypes will likely have to be redone in the future. It is expected that there will be at least two prototypes developed, each taking a few months.
- Fund-raising efforts will start immediately. For the public at large, there will be a Donate button on the DG website. The author and early enthusiasts will ask for donations from people in their networks. All net proceeds from this book will go to DG. The early funds will go towards start-up expenses, website hosting and the contractors working on the prototypes.
- Start recruiting an initial board of directors and founding chairman, who would take over the fund-raising and planning process for the next phase.
- Complete all of the formal requirements for a proper nonprofit.
- Phase 2: DG starts formal operations
- The board of directors will develop an initial set of bylaws and various legal documents, such as a Membership Agreement.
- The board of directors will hire a CEO and help the CEO recruit the initial employees.
- Develop the initial release of the trustworthiness platform.
- Find a segment of the news universe that DG can cover mostly with trustworthiness judgments. By focusing on one segment, DG can generate critical mass within a smaller universe at first. Other segments will be added over time.
- Sign up content aggregators to start displaying the trustworthiness icon next to article bylines.
- Phase 3++: Later phases
- The employees and members decide how DG is managed, including voting to choose the board of directors. The nonprofit runs as a True Democracy, trying out some of the long-term technology initiatives outlined later in this chapter.