CROWDLAW FOR CONGRESS

STRATEGIES FOR 21ST CENTURY LAWMAKING

Videos, case studies and practical strategies showcasing how and why legislatures are using technology to engage with the public improve the quality and legitimacy of lawmaking.

Problem Definition

The arc of the lawmaking process begins with defining which problems to tackle. In the vTaiwan process, hundreds of thousands are translating broad issues into actionable problems. Such online participation enhances the level of information in the legislative process.

Solution Identification

Lawmakers must devise effective and workable solutions to problems. Parlement & Citoyens in France enables citizens to submit solutions to a problem posed by a representative. Public participation in developing solutions enhances innovation in lawmaking.

Drafting

Lawmaking involves turning good ideas into written proposals for a bill. WikiLegis enables Brazilians to edit and comment on draft legislative text. By giving the public insight into the drafting process, online participation enhances transparency.

Evaluation and Oversight

Evaluation processes examine how a law is working. With new technology, a watchful community can collectively monitor legislative impact. In the UK, the public is helping to evaluate evidence submitted to certain parliamentary committees, enhancing accountability.

CrowdLaw Interviews

About CrowdLaw

Sponsored by the Democracy Fund, the CrowdLaw for Congress (congress.crowd.law) project explores how lawmaking bodies around the world are turning to CrowdLaw -- or the use of new technology -- to foster an efficient two-way conversation with the public that will improve the quality and the legitimacy of lawmaking.

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CrowdLaw Catalog

The CrowdLaw Catalog is a growing repository of 100 CrowdLaw cases from around the world. The goal of the catalog is to help those wishing to start new or improve existing CrowdLaw projects to learn from one another. The catalog offers brief descriptions of each initiative and links to additional resources. To share an example or suggest corrections, please send us an email to crowdlaw@thegovlab.org.

The CrowdLaw Playbook

 

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