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Crowdsourced Government

Crowdsourcing and opensourcing have proved themselves in many different business models. Education is becoming more crowdsourced, operating systems, arduino, OpenIDEO, etc. etc.

Would it be possible for the functions of government to be open-sourced, and crowdsourced? truly by-the-people- for-the-people?

Not in a lifetime for sure, but does the idea of having such an intensely democratic government have any merits which should be applied today?

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    Apr 5 2013: Maybe you could have a site like Wikipedia - Goverpedia. It has all the issues and is run like Wikipedia - any citizen can edit the document, however it is subject to the will of the masses. If you are the only person editing something into existence and it keeps getting changed back, you would be banned from commenting on that issue for a set period of time. And if you wanted to add something into a policy, you would have to provide some sort of source material to back up your assertion - like Wikipedia, no "original research".

    If you wanted to really stage-dive into the electorate you could also have Wiki-Laws where all laws are content controlled by mass contribution and governing principles, like the Wikipedia notability and reliable sourcing rules. So any changes to a piece of legislation would need to be in accordance with the Rule of Law, the Presumption of Innocence and so forth.
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    Apr 4 2013: I don't know, Joshua, I think government already is crowdsourced. First of all, voting. But also there are all kinds of ways to input, directly or indirectly, into government, from reporting a broken traffic light, to attending city council meetings, to writing a letter to your local newspaper, to calling in on a national talk radio show, to volunteering for one of the parties, to running for office.
  • Apr 4 2013: Yes but those who are getting what they believe that they want would not appreciate the idea.
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    Apr 3 2013: Here is a lead for you with several examples from around the world of crowd-sourced government functions:

    This is a private deal, but the examples at the top of the page are still possibly useful for you.

    Here is another: