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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, @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.

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  • (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.