Sunday, July 17, 2011

Crowdsourcing a Constitution

Iceland is in the process of recovering from a government and institutional meltdown.  As part of this recovery government officials are "crowdsourcing" the drafting of their new constitution.  Citizens are encouraged to submit their ideas through social media outlets while officials post working drafts of proposed clauses for public feedback.  This is one of the first examples of social media giving citizens direct access to constitution (or law) making.  With so many countries in crisis right now it is likely that citizens will become a lot more participatory in the governmental process and it looks like social media will play a key role in connecting citizens and government officials.

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