Hacking Egypt For Better Democracy

from the not-just-the-outsiders dept

Having already covered how hackers from Anonymous have been taking part from afar in various middle east uprisings, it's probably worth noting that some other folks are doing some cool hacking projects as well, including a Hackathon for Egypt effort, that brought together hackers and activists to see if new technologies could be built that might be useful to implementing a more democratic system in Egypt. For example, some folks put together a platform for crowdsourcing the creation of a Constitution:
The conference's most intriguing result was a platform for crowdsourcing the new Egyptian constitution. The platform, which appears to have drawn inspiration from a similar project in Tunisia, allows users to simultaneously browse constitutional texts from multiple countries, propose articles and ideas online and to collaborate on compiling the ideas into a workable text. Owing to Egypt's special circumstances, the platform also contains extensive provisions for off-computer use--many Egyptians simply don't have regular access to either a computer or the Internet.
Who knows how effective these efforts will be (my guess is that, initially, they won't get much use), but it's still nice to see, and hopefully as we see projects like this grow, they'll become more effective and useful.


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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 12:03am

    I Look Forward To Seeing ...

    ... the foundation of the national legislature with [citation needed] scattered all over it ...

     

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    Chris in Utah (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 1:45am

    May be interesting. A Next Gen culture in thee oldest culture alive.

    History lesson for the day. The Phynx is 8000 years old but the Qur'an holy words detail out the age of man is only 6000 years old so it goes against there religion to actually detail this out. Look it up :) Then we wonder why Egypt doesn't want to find out whats in the chamber under its foot.

     

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    hegemon13, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 7:17am

    Democracy is a ruse

    How about starting with a constitution that protects individual liberty? Building a better democracy doesn't matter if you allow the majority to usurp it. If they really want to improve the world, they need to quit worrying about implementing a specific form of government and start worrying about promoting liberty. There's a reason that the US always promotes democracy in our occupied countries: it's easy to control through propaganda and manipulated elections, and it keeps people calm by giving the illusion of control over their government.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 2:48pm

    What is Democracy?

     

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    Lorianne Updike Toler, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 3:05pm

    reposting your blog

    Can I repost this on my blog about constitution writing?

     

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    SaulD, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 5:11pm

    Hi, Mike Masnick, I heard you are an Ashkenazim going way back to your first dwarf-like ancestor who climbed out of a tree. If you don't know what an Ashkenazim is, ask Sergey Brin, he married one. Do you know your breed is infected at an alarming rate with all kinds of genetic diseases that don't affect the general population? It's a good thing you're gay, Mike, because we wouldn't want you inbreeding with another Ashkenazim and producing more cretin-like defectives. The fact that Sergey Brin and his Ashkenazim wife already did that is scary enough!

     

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    lrobbo (profile), Jun 12th, 2012 @ 10:13am

    Hackathon for egypt - cracks me up!

     

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