Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Icelanders approve a crowdsourced Constitution

Social media is slowly but surely making its way into every aspect of our lives.  Now, Iceland, who has been soliciting "crowdsourcing" to make changes to its Constitution, has just approved their collaborative approach to the law of the land. 

Crowdsourcing has become a buzzword of sorts lately, to describe the use of a large, inexpensive and temporary workforce to create new content, solve problems and innovate.  This is especially revolutionary in the legal community, where social networking is often looked at askance and with great suspicion.

The Iceland Constitution, the embracing of crowdsourcing, and  the government's willingness make it an official document...it's a bit revolutionary.  The rest of the global legal community, most importantly legislators, letting anyone, trained or untrained in the law, comment and participate in the drafting of legislation seems impossible now, but could be in our future.

Read more about crowdsourcing here at CBS news.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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