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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, Insightful) by maxwell demon on Tuesday January 12 2021, @06:03PM (3 children)

    by maxwell demon (1608) on Tuesday January 12 2021, @06:03PM (#1098953) Journal

    Consensus is like pornography, I know it when I see it. /s

    A lot of Americans think they see pornography when all they see is nudity. If consensus is like pornography, then I wonder what the equivalent of nudity is.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by helel on Tuesday January 12 2021, @07:32PM

    by helel (2949) on Tuesday January 12 2021, @07:32PM (#1099022)

    An echo-chamber springs to mind but I think that's more like the masturbatory equivalent in this discussion.

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @07:48PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @07:48PM (#1099035)

    > If consensus is like pornography, then I wonder what the equivalent of nudity is.

    Lip service?

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lip%20service [merriam-webster.com]
    : an avowal of advocacy, adherence, or allegiance expressed in words but not backed by deeds —usually used with pay

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @07:54PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @07:54PM (#1099040)

      lp servicing is a step beyond pornography. amiright?