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Online tools for engaging citizens in the legislative process

gov-social-media-moco-300Around the world, parliaments, governments, civil society organizations, and even individual parliamentarians, are taking measures to make the legislative process more participatory. Andrew Mandelbaum published a list, in OpeningParliament.org, containing examples of some of the more prominent efforts to engage citizens in the legislative process.

Some are creating their own tools ‘” often open source, which allows others to use these tools as well ‘” that enable citizens to markup legislation or share ideas on targeted subjects. Others are purchasing and implementing tools developed by private companies to good effect. In several instances, these initiatives are being conducted through collaboration between public institutions and civil society, while many compliment online and offline experiences to help ensure that a broader population of citizens is reached.

Via: The NYU Governance Lab