There is a mismatch between the centralised vote once every x years mode of government and the current social network world.

How can governments open up, not just to share data but to involve citizens in key government processes?

Turns out some governments already are; several places have participatory budgeting, Rajastan uses a low-tech approach to keep government-spending honest, Russia and Lithuania are using Wikis to develop legislation. It’s a fascinating look at what governments can do to be more open in a social media era.

If government could really create an open route for discussing and creating policy it could be eye-opening; for all of us. I hope the people behind Digital Europe see this.

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