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Justyna Szambelan

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How does open source version control system resolve conflicts?

Clay Shirky explains, how tools developed by open source programmers could be used to create a participatory political system, with power distributed among citizens. Brilliant, I am totally in!

So, everyone would have access to the whole code (say, of our laws). It would be possible to track every change to whoever made it. However, I don't see how this innovative Version Control System resolves conflicts. What happens if two people have a very different idea on how a particular paragraph should look like? Do they settle this between themselves or are all affected by the change engaged in problelm resolution? What ensures that the best variant is chosen?

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    May 31 2013: This would give the public the ability to eliminate greed and corruption in the form of lobbyist doing dirty politics in order to allow big corporations tax cuts, bail outs, and everything else you can imagine. Since when did a plausible economic structure involve rewarding bad choices while the good choices get punished due to rewarding the bad choices of those too big to fail.

    An open source ( for the people, by the people ) government is what was originally concepted , and then turned into this system we have shortly after to ( in some peoples words " prevent chaos ) elected officials representing the public views, ( in my opinion I never understood how this was to work without someone being human and interjecting their opinion replacing the public in the name of preservation of an agenda.)

    We could easily control the bad flow of government and replace with elected officials voted in to do a better job in a set amount of time or rinse and repeat, using the fact the job will be short if no progress is made, like every other properly successful business plan. Making such a system more public knowledge and involvement could create bottlenecks of certain aspects while at the same time relieving stress in other areas. The system eventually seems to need a forceful final say at the end, but would benefit greatly with a greater public role being played.