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Iceland Crowd-Sources Its Constitution

Postby AndyDufresne on Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:25 pm

I just stumbled across this story, missed it when it came out a few weeks ago, but it sounds like something for our Off Topics:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/ ... 9C20121021

From a Scientific American story:

Last year, Iceland invited citizens to weigh in on the country's new constitution via Facebook and Twitter. A draft of this crowd-sourced constitution was written and, not surprisingly given their input, two-thirds of the country's voters now say that draft should serve as the new blueprint for the country's government.

Iceland's residents called for a rewritten constitution following a series of mishaps dating back to the 2008 financial crisis, when several of the country's major commercial banks collapsed. The council appointed to write up a new constitution received about 3,600 comments and 370 suggestions via its Web site, with other input coming via the social media sites.

Iceland's parliament will vote in the spring on whether to replace its 68-year-old constitution with the crowd-sourced version. The country has a population of only about 320,000 people, so it's a modest case study in government by the twitterati. Any such efforts in larger countries may prove unwieldy. Still, it's good to see new uses for social media that encourage people to be more civic-minded and less fixated on "liking" the latest online fad.


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Postby 2dimes on Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:40 pm

We should go hang out in the hotsprings.
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Re: Iceland Crowd-Sources Its Constitution

Postby Haggis_McMutton on Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:47 pm

I'd like to see various internet communities come up with their own constitutions.
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Postby 2dimes on Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:52 pm

Foriegn tourists enjoying the hotsprings is still a constitutional right... yeah?
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Re: Iceland Crowd-Sources Its Constitution

Postby Symmetry on Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:56 pm

Their tourist bureau was polling for a new name for the country that seems more hospitable too.
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Postby 2dimes on Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:52 pm

Hot Springs Island and Byorkivik are tied I bet.

I'll bring some twinkies, king dons, cherry pies and stuff.
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Postby notyou2 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:31 am

2dimes wrote:Hot Springs Island and Byorkivik are tied I bet.

I'll bring some twinkies, king dons, cherry pies and stuff.



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Postby 2dimes on Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:47 am

Saputo is churning out all hostess brand products here just like they've been doing for years. It's only the original 'Mercian corporation that shut down.
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