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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, Informative) by Grishnakh on Tuesday January 12 2021, @04:31PM (5 children)

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Tuesday January 12 2021, @04:31PM (#1098911)

    > 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?

    Not really. The protesters in Taiwan didn't have guns or bombs and didn't beat anyone to death.

    Furthermore, I seriously doubt they were all there because of some ridiculous conspiracy theory that had been completely disproven.

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  • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @05:50PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @05:50PM (#1098944)

    What I wouldn't give to have all the Leftist/Marxist/BLM/Antifa riots of 2020 to have been as "violent" as the 2021 "riot."

    • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Tuesday January 12 2021, @10:35PM (1 child)

      by DeathMonkey (1380) on Tuesday January 12 2021, @10:35PM (#1099124) Journal

      Yes, we understand that you are a terrorist that wishes for violence.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 13 2021, @12:38PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 13 2021, @12:38PM (#1099379)

        1 person shot != Insurrection. Sorry, try again.

  • (Score: 2) by sjames on Wednesday January 13 2021, @02:46AM (1 child)

    by sjames (2882) on Wednesday January 13 2021, @02:46AM (#1099272) Journal

    Further, the protesters in Taiwan were trying to be heard when government wasn't listening. In D.C., the government was listening, and in fact was in the process of finalizing a nationwide vote on the subject at hand. The protesters wanted the government to not listen to the people.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Grishnakh on Wednesday January 13 2021, @03:08AM

      by Grishnakh (2831) on Wednesday January 13 2021, @03:08AM (#1099279)

      The US government wasn't listening to their demands to throw out votes from states where they didn't like the results, and basically give the election to Trump even though he lost.

      The government, at many levels, DID listen to all their "concerns" about the votes in contested states. They did a whole bunch of recounts, by hand, and found nothing amiss. Somehow that wasn't good enough. So they used the court system, as people have a right to do, and filed lawsuits challenging the results. The judges listened to them. And threw out their lawsuits because they had no evidence for their wild allegations.

      So, after being heard over and over and over but dismissed, because none of their objections or allegations had any basis in reality, they decided to turn to violence.

      As far as I'm concerned, I don't care about these morons' concerns any more, and I have no more interest in listening to them. We all tried listening to them and reasoning with them, but instead they decided to attempt a coup. Fuck 'em. Hopefully the National Guard will shoot them dead if they pull this shit again.