Icelandic Constitution + Panel on Open Democracy
Icelandic constitution process under the hood
After the financial collapse in Iceland, the process of rewriting the Icelandic constitution in four months utilizing social media, lean government and the power of the web captured the attention of the world. Finnur will share stories and lessons learnt from this process focusing on technology, political innovation and participation through social media. Finnur Magnusson was the CTO for two large scale crowdsourcing events in Iceland as well as the Icelandic Constitution Council.
Panel: Open Democracy in Practice: Crowdsourcing & Open Data
In this panel we will discuss the role of participatory democracy tools such as crowdsourcing and co-creation in open democracy, the impact of online engagement on citizens’ agency in the public sphere, and the role of government in citizen engagement.
Panel leader: Tanja Aitamurto, visiting researcher, Liberation Technology Program, Stanford University @tanjaaita, www.tanjaaitamurto.com
- Bilal Randeree, Journalist
- Carsten Berg, Deputy Chairman, Democracy International
- Finnur Magnusson, former CTO of the Icelandic constitution council, Iceland, @gommit
- Joonas Pekkanen, Founder, Open Ministry, @joonaspekkanen
Finnur Magnusson, former CTO of the Icelandic constitution council, Iceland, @gommit, gommit (at) gommit.com
Tanja Aitamurto, visiting researcher, Stanford University
Finnur Magnusson: Finnur Magnusson was the CTO for a 1500 people crowdsourcing event and a 25 member council responsible for drafting a new constitution for Iceland. Extensive use of social media and an extremely open and agile approach has received global attention. Finnur will reflect on lessons learnt and answer questions about how to write a constitution in the 21st century.
Tanja Aitamurto: Tanja Aitamurto is a visiting researcher from Finland at the Liberation Technology Program at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. In her PhD project she examines how collective intelligence, whether harvested by crowdsourcing, co-creation or open innovation, impacts incumbent processes in journalism, public policy making and new product development. Tanja blogs on the Huffington Post and writes about her research at PBS MediaShift. She also actively participates in the developments she is studying; she crowdfunded a reporting and research trip to Egypt in 2011 to investigate crowdsourcing in public deliberation, and to evaluate the results of Hackathons organized at Stanford after the Arab Spring.
Location: INSPIRE auditorium
Date & Time: Thu 20th, 11:30-13:00
Topic Stream: Open Democracy and Citizen Movements
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