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Steven Clift clift at e-democracy.org
Sun May 29 13:08:51 PDT 2011


Anyone propose something simple like a set of "open debate"
parliamentary district Facebook pages for local voters? Creating
cross-roads for exchange among area candidates and parties while prone
to generating heat, helps reduce requirement that local candidates
must get local media attention for their message to get through.

You need x hundred pages created, some uniform guidelines, and a
simple URL to a directory of pages and map.

Creating more local public commons spaces will not happen without
intent as every party and media entity wants to own any space they
create.

This is sort of our Issues Forum model adapted for Facebook:
http://e-democracy.org/if http://e-democracy.org/guide

Also, one might consider online candidate debate platforms built on
these lessons: http://e-democracy.org/e-debates

Steven Clift
E-Democracy.org

On Sunday, May 29, 2011, Yosem  <companys at stanford.edu> wrote:
> http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/hacking_for_egypt.php?utm_source=ReadWriteWeb+Newsletters&utm_campaign=1c3d3f7d0a-RWWDailyNewsletter&utm_medium=email
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> On May 14, a group of 75 Silicon Valley technologists, computer science students and others met at Stanford <http://dschool.stanford.edu/2011/05/24/prototype-tools-for-change-in-egypt/> for a Cloud to Street <http://www.cloudtostreet.org/> hackathon designed to create tools Egyptian activists have requested.
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> "In addition to the constitutional crowdsourcing platform, the Hackathon produced a web platform to allow interested citizens to train themselves to monitor the September 2011 Parliamentary elections. The third was an interactive tool to inform Egyptian citizens about candidates for that election, and once they are elected, to inform Parliamentarians of their concerns and rate them on their efforts to delivers."
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Steven Clift - http://stevenclift.com
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