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Social Media>> Constitution • Iceland

Published: Wednesday 17 August 2011

imageIceland is set be the first nation to use social media for bringing constitutional change.

On July 29, the Iceland Constitutional Council, a group of 25 citizens, submitted to parliament the world’s first crowdsourced constitution. Parliament is expected to ratify the draft without any changes.

The council prepared the draft by integrating feedback from hundreds of people online. Since April, Icelanders have been commenting on the council’s Facebook page as well as interacting with its members on Twitter, YouTube and Flicker. The draft constitution, which gathered 16,000 comments, was ready within four months and after 16 revisions.

Oxford Dictionaries Online defines “crowdsourcing” as the practice whereby an organisation enlists a number of freelancers, paid or unpaid, to work on a task or problem.

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