Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location:Traffic21 Classroom Gates Hillman 6501
Speaker:BAILEY FLANIGAN, Ph.D. Student https://sites.google.com/andrew.cmu.edu/baileyflanigan/home
Toward fairer and more transparent civic participation
Citizens' assemblies are a form of civic participation in which a panel of randomly-chosen constituents convenes to hear testimony from experts, deliberate, and ultimately make a policy recommendation on a political issue. These assemblies offer a unique combination of features: they give everyday people the opportunity to participate directly in political decision-making, while also ensuring that these decision-makers are well-informed and have spent time digesting and hearing others' perspectives on the issues at hand. In the recent decades, citizens' assemblies are experiencing a surge in popularity worldwide: they are now being administered by more than 40 organizations in over 25 countries; are commissioned by public authorities on municipal, regional, national and supranational levels; and have recently led to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Ireland.
Our research on citizens' assemblies aims to ensure that the process by which participants are selected is fair [1,2] and transparent . We provide a set of algorithms for selecting participants of citizens' assemblies, each which is guaranteed to be maximally fair for a different fairness notion , propose a simple and transparent method of panel selection by uniform lottery, which we prove is always possible to carry out with limited loss in fairness , and discuss the prospect of end to end fairness, which deals with giving all members of the population an equal chance of participation , rather than all self-identifying willing participants.
 Neutralizing Self-Selection Bias in Sampling for Sortition
 Fair Algorithms for Selecting Citizens' Assemblies
 Fair Sortition made Transparent.
Presented in Partial Fulfillment of the CSD Speaking Skills Requirement.