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Crowdsourcing in Iceland

Tuesday June 14, 2011 , 2 min Read

In a process to collect public’s opinion, Iceland’s Constitutional Council have come up with an innovative idea of using social media sites as the country is said to come up with a governing document soon.

A draft of the document has been made by the council and made available online for the public for any suggestions in improving it. It is also possible to support through other means even, but most of the amendments take place with the help of Facebook.

At first, all the suggestions will have to be approved by the local staff before being directed to the council and permitted to be posted online for discussion. The things that are approved by the council will thereby reside in the draft document.

Crowdsourcing

Including livestock protection and a clause that specifies the ownership of Iceland’s natural resources are suggestions that have been added thus far, according to a report. The usage of social media will help the council reach out to most of the public and make transparent discussions.The general public can attend live broadcasts on the web and Facebook till the process reaches its deadline in June. Many discussions are planned on YouTube, Flickr and Twitter even. This open process is making big news in the nation and gave a great chance for the television networks to make use of it.

“I would like to express my profound awe, gratitude, and jealousy toward the awesome transparency and collective national effort that the people and leaders of Iceland are showcasing in this fantastic process,” wrote one Facebook commenter. “The world can only hope that our leaders look up to Iceland as an example.”

Bhanu Teja Kurucheti | YourStory.in