Subject: [NYCGA Internet] Ideas for user-generated content on website
From: Gregory Orr
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 15:03:27 -0400


I would like to join this working group, and I plan to attend the working group session tomorrow afternoon.  I have a couple ideas (the first leading into the second) about how to use the internet to develop government policy/program proposals.

Idea #1: Twitter-style policy/program proposals are published and rated by the audience (at least thumbs up / thumbs down). Could look like, with additional information and comments about each idea available with a clickthrough.

Idea #2: Develop and organize policies/programs through a wiki. We'd want to propel nuanced schools of thought about each issue, so it wouldn't be like wikipedia where there's just one page for each topic - we'd allow discrete policy/program versions as requested by contributors/managers. Each policy/program would have a self-selected community around it, and there could be the current proposal, implementation plans, public comments / discussion board, proposed edits, etc. To help the cream rise to the top, we could evaluate with: (1) crowdsourced ratings, (2) standardized analysis like cost-benefit, (3) recommendations of review board. The website should be designed to be optimal for contributors (e.g., collaborative technology, rights management, etc.) and visitors (e.g., organized and subcategorized and ranked so that all the good stuff is easy to find).

These ideas could be important steps toward direct democracy and away from special interests and two-party politics. What do you think?

Greg Orr