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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 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.

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  • (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!