Thursday, December 20, 2012

Open Sourcing Legislation

  This is a fascinating talk about the power of new media to enable distributed legislation.  It takes a page out of the open source software community, which uses tools like Github to distribute development of a software product without coordination.  Many of the words great programs have come out of this, allowing a degree of complexity that would have previously been impossible.  It could be a completely new paradigm for transparency and interaction with lawmakers, as anyone could participate in writing pieces of legislation.  There have even been early attempts at seeing what such legislation might look like.  As a regular Github user, I think there is great potential to improve the way that legislation is written.  There is of course, one major problem illustrated in the Venn diagram below...

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