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posted by martyb on Tuesday January 12 2021, @03:39PM   Printer-friendly
from the Crowdsourced-Government dept.

Taiwan has found a way to use a carefully designed social network constructively.
As stated in the Tyee,

Taiwan Is Crowdsourcing an Everybody-Wins Democracy

They had to do something. In 2014,

Opponents to the bill felt not just defeated, but invisible. The government had promised to listen to their concerns, but simply hadn't done so, rushing the bill onto the parliament floor. They had the votes; they could get it through. So that evening, protesters scaled the fence, kicked the door open and streamed onto the floor of Taiwan's parliament, the Legislative Yuan.

Sound familiar from recent history?

Well, the government found a way to listen.

They set up vTaiwan, a social network where prominence is given to posts that further concord instead of discord. And they're using it to craft proposals for legislation. Anyone can contribute.

The article doesn't state how the social network determines which posts promote consensus. I'd like to know.


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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by looorg on Tuesday January 12 2021, @04:03PM (4 children)

    by looorg (578) on Tuesday January 12 2021, @04:03PM (#1098899)

    Interesting, I wonder if this would scale well tho or transition to other countries. Their situation is somewhat unique in that they are a fairly small nation (36k km^2) but with a somewhat large population (23 million) -- or if you wish they are like the state of Indiana in size but they crammed in four times as many people. Their population density is fairly high, so you sort of have to be nice or at least try and get along cause there is nowhere to go but into the water or up.

    So does every citizen get like a login of some kind? After all they can't allow system anonymity so you better not have any "wrong" ideas or dislike the wrong/right proposals.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @07:55PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @07:55PM (#1099041)

    Came to say something similar. While there are a few "ethnic" groups in Taiwan (including the original island inhabitants on the mountainous SE side), it's nothing like the melting pot of USA. So consensus is more likely to be possible, just because most of the people share a lot of the same cultural background.

  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Ethanol-fueled on Tuesday January 12 2021, @08:44PM (2 children)

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Tuesday January 12 2021, @08:44PM (#1099071) Homepage

    If there's one thing China did right, it's make Jack Ma disappear after he got too politically uppity. People are allowed to get rich from capitalism in China. However, rich people are not allowed to get political in China, as Jack Ma found out. It sure would be nice to see Bezos and Dorsey disappeared and their businesses nationalized.

    " B-b-but that's fascism! National Socialism! "

    Uh, it's been for quite awhile, and you progressives and libtards supported it as long as they were on "your team." China sees the dangers of rogue billionaires trying to take control of their country and squashes them before they can get Dorsey-bad and Bezos-bad. Unfortunately we're getting the worst of China-style rule with none of the benefits. Kinda ironic, but logical, because the US' rogue billionaires are de-facto under their control through bribery and planted employees.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @09:11PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @09:11PM (#1099086)

      "If there's one thing China did right, it's make Jack Ma disappear after he got too politically uppity."

      then

      "China sees the dangers of rogue billionaires trying to take control of their country and squashes them before they can get Dorsey-bad and Bezos-bad. Unfortunately we're getting the worst of China-style rule with none of the benefits."

      Wow, so EF is now openly a fascist while at the exact same time saying he is not. True double think in action, matches what we saw on the 6th. The irony of the Koch and Mercer billionaires actually working to promote rightwing fascism I'm sure is totally lost on you.

      I truly hope you are intentionally being manipulative and deceitful, it is more troubling to think you're actually this clueless.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 13 2021, @04:25AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 13 2021, @04:25AM (#1099300)

        I dunno, doesn't read like he's contradicting himself here. He's saying fascism (China) good, halfway-house fascism (US) not good. The US need to double down and go full fascist much like EF went full retard!

        If anything its a pretty consistent point-of-view.