Crowdsourcing Through Social Media-The Icelandic Constitution Case

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2012
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After parliamentary discussions the former Minister of Social Affairs and Social Security, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir of the Social Democratic Alliance, was chosen as the new Prime Minister. On 4 November 2009 the Prime Minister submitted a bill to the Parliament about an advisory Constitutional Assembly with the task to review the constitution. Differently from the existing constitution ratified in 1944 without any input from the population, Iceland decided to crowd-source its new constitution to its citizens through social media. In fact, since from the beginning of the process, the Constitutional Council has made possible for the public to send messages which are published on the Council’s website in order to foster a lively discussion. Thereby, every citizen had the opportunity to take part to the drafting of the constitution. The work of the Constitutional Council is also publicly available on social media such as Facebook, YouTube and Flickr.

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