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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: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @05:50PM (11 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @05:50PM (#1098946)

    Once Biden is firmly in charge, China will retake Taiwan, making democracy there just a memory. Biden will forestall any American action about it, as he has been paid to do by the Chinese.

    If anyone in Taiwan is perchance reading this, I implore you: GET OUT.

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  • (Score: 3, Touché) by maxwell demon on Tuesday January 12 2021, @06:21PM (6 children)

    by maxwell demon (1608) on Tuesday January 12 2021, @06:21PM (#1098961) Journal

    Biden will forestall any American action about it, as he has been paid to do by the Chinese.

    And of course you have a source of that claim, right? And a reliable source please, not the private blog of some random conspiracy nutter.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @06:40PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @06:40PM (#1098977)

      You don't find your comment at least slightly ironic given the past 4 years of "reliable sources" propagating, promoting, and spreading a mostly debunked Russian conspiracy theory? Oh right, you probably have no clue most of the stuff in the dossier and related reports has been debunked given that those same reliable sources aren't exactly talking about that. Funny.

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

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @09:12PM (#1099087)

        mostly debunked

        [citation needed]

        Remember, reliable sources.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @10:26PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @10:26PM (#1099119)

          The Pee-pee tape is reel! The truth is out there!

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @07:10PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @07:10PM (#1099002)

      The point I make above is that "reliable media" has become effectively an oxymoron. All media is becoming little more than demographic pandering and low effort click bait. And so rather than asking for source, if you at all care why the person above believes what he does believe - it'd probably make more sense to simply ask him why he believes what he does. You're obviously not going to find negative reporting on Biden from pro-establishment media.

      In my opinion the "China question" is the million dollar one with Biden. There's little doubt that Biden's son was bought with Chinese money, although Biden's direct involvement was unproven - though probable. And China themselves have been rejoicing over Biden being elected while actively and overtly trolling Chump and railing against him in their state media. Of course this could also simply be because the relationship between Trump and China is awful, which is definitely true, as opposed to because the relationship between Biden and China is expected to be "favorable" for China, which is still [educated] speculation for now.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @08:42PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @08:42PM (#1099067)

        Your argument is laden with Republican talking points, therefore you lose.

    • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Tuesday January 12 2021, @10:41PM

      by DeathMonkey (1380) on Tuesday January 12 2021, @10:41PM (#1099128) Journal

      Next they'll be telling us that Biden has a secret bank account in China! Also, he installed Hunter Biden to be Sr. White House Advisor and in that role Hunter received dozens of valuable Trademarks from the Chinese government!

      Someone get these paid-in-China people out of office!

  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @11:13PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @11:13PM (#1099150)

    My wife's parents fled China for Taiwan. She is very concerned of the prospect of a soft line toward China by the incoming administration.

    She constantly tells me of postings on anti-Communist media of general concern about Communist-like tactics by the Democrats during the last four years.

    New Americans who experienced government overreach/oppression in their old country have special insight on how this country is changing for the worse.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 13 2021, @01:30AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 13 2021, @01:30AM (#1099238)

      Married to a foreigner, like Trump? So prone to Treason? You don't say!

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 13 2021, @04:33AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 13 2021, @04:33AM (#1099304)

    Not sure where you get that from. But it will be interesting to see what the Biden administration will do regarding China.

    One has to have balls of adamantium or mentally insane to take on China today - we know which one Trump fits into. Will be interesting to see what Biden does. On paper, you'd think it is actually in America's (not just the elites but the nation as a whole) best interest in the long term to curb their dependency on China.

  • (Score: 2) by meustrus on Wednesday January 13 2021, @05:17PM

    by meustrus (4961) on Wednesday January 13 2021, @05:17PM (#1099480)

    You mean like what China has done to Hong Kong over the last four years?

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