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.
(Score: 2) by sjames on Wednesday January 13 2021, @02:46AM (1 child)
Further, the protesters in Taiwan were trying to be heard when government wasn't listening. In D.C., the government was listening, and in fact was in the process of finalizing a nationwide vote on the subject at hand. The protesters wanted the government to not listen to the people.
(Score: 3, Interesting) by Grishnakh on Wednesday January 13 2021, @03:08AM
The US government wasn't listening to their demands to throw out votes from states where they didn't like the results, and basically give the election to Trump even though he lost.
The government, at many levels, DID listen to all their "concerns" about the votes in contested states. They did a whole bunch of recounts, by hand, and found nothing amiss. Somehow that wasn't good enough. So they used the court system, as people have a right to do, and filed lawsuits challenging the results. The judges listened to them. And threw out their lawsuits because they had no evidence for their wild allegations.
So, after being heard over and over and over but dismissed, because none of their objections or allegations had any basis in reality, they decided to turn to violence.
As far as I'm concerned, I don't care about these morons' concerns any more, and I have no more interest in listening to them. We all tried listening to them and reasoning with them, but instead they decided to attempt a coup. Fuck 'em. Hopefully the National Guard will shoot them dead if they pull this shit again.