DoTank

What Problem Does It Solve: Overcomes lack of public participation and consultation in policymaking. Focuses citizen participation on constructive and deliberative ends.

How Does It Do That: It offers a process and tool for collective policy drafting via the Internet. The PolicyWiki relies on relatively standard Wiki-based technology but enhances it with procedures built into the tool designed to foster community engagement and constructive participation.

Why Is It Different: It channels citizen participation and deliberation toward constructive goals, such as producing a draft school curriculum, set of rules, policy document or legislation.

Who Will Use It: Wide possible applications especially for local communities to improve self-governance

More Details: WIKIs are the new generation of collaborative editing tool. They enable a group to author a document collectively. They have been successfully used to write the world’s largest encyclopedia as well as for small companies to do project management together. The question is whether they can be adapted for use in developing policy and writing law collaboratively. We will explore the implementation of WIKI-style technology for use in helping communities create school curricula and school policy. This project will require some research into educational policy and reform. The aim of this team is to design an on-line collaborative authoring system and a strategy for its implementation to promote community engagement in educational reform.

Team: Christopher Imperiori, Aseem Jaluria, Beth Noveck, John Schimmel

Sponsors: Institute for Information Law and Policy, New York Law School