Towards Better Governance: GTap

April 4, 2011 § 1 Comment

 

A history of uninformed and careless exercise of voting power by the vast majority of our citizens has led to a shaky form of governance in the nation. Recent events of national and international importance highlight the blunders that could have been avoided if each citizen had been smarter in choosing his/her representative.

We have recognized an urgent need to improve the status quo. We want to engineer the relationship between the principal and the agent, the governed and the government official by a series of applications. We start from the very root of the issue: Choosing the right representative.

The application, GTap aims at enabling voters to make smarter decisions while choosing amongst candidates contesting for public offices. The application provides the voter with a variety of information including each candidate’s election agenda points, his past achievements (in the previous tenures of holding a post, if any), policies implemented, projects undertaken, descriptions from his blog, recommendations from other politicians, details from Facebook and Twitter accounts and more. Knowing the candidate s general image, his own statements on issues would  enable a voter to play smart.

To begin with, we intend to make use of this application for election on our University campus. The long-term plan includes finding a way to use it to the benefit of voters at a bigger level.

The application is under development. We have decided to develop it for Android devices as of now. All new developments including code snippets and resources would be posted here soon!

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