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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) by driverless on Tuesday January 12 2021, @10:20PM (1 child)

    by driverless (4770) on Tuesday January 12 2021, @10:20PM (#1099115)

    Pol.is is a survey technology where the user clicks “agree,” “disagree,” or “pass” in response to statements others have contributed.

    Brilliant. Mob rule, enabled by the Internet. There's a reason why systems of government have built-in long lags and delays, and that's to prevent mob rule based on knee-jerk reactions.

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  • (Score: 2) by hendrikboom on Friday January 15 2021, @04:40AM

    by hendrikboom (1125) Subscriber Badge on Friday January 15 2021, @04:40AM (#1100395) Homepage Journal

    There are a number of stages that are not just doing what the most people agree with. The system seems to be set up (I'm not sure how) to encourage dialogue, not just parroting, and it appears to produce consensus.

    It's worth further study. There may be hints in the source code. There may even be documents describing how the system works in detail. I have not yet found them.

    The choice of what to promote is *not* appear to choose the messages that will likely elicit the most clicks and ad revenue.

    -- hendrik