Justice for All
A Judicial System for the Internet Era
What is the background image?
The background image is a Ekklesiasterion (ἐκκλησιαστήριον), the auditorium where the Greek Assembly met.
Ancient Greeks knew that corruption posed a serious threat to their judicial system. To minimize such risk, juries were made of tens or hundreds of people randomly chosen shortly before the trial. A judge or a small court could be bribed. It’s harder to bribe a crowd. But how can a large jury deliberate and issue a verdict? How can someone who is not an expert in forensic techniques evaluate complex evidence?
Athenian jury system relied on reputation. Jurors defined their vote by following their trusted experts. The shape of the ekklesiasterion was optimized for each citizen to see all the others and quickly find their trusted expert. This is how the Athenian judicial system enjoyed the advantages of a reputation system and low corruption.
CrowdJury is based on similar principles, adapted to the digital age.