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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: 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.

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  • (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.