Facebook users can contribute to the Constitution of Iceland

iceland_flagAs you know, the economy of Iceland is still reeling from the financial crisis of 2009. Perhaps partly because of this, maybe because the government of this small country is trying to make a constructive dialogue with its people, to assist in the creation of a new basic law of the country – the Constitution. Anyway the Icelandic authorities have invited its citizens to the creation process.

Constitution itself, in its final form, must be approved by 25 members (10 women and 15 men) of a special council, democratically elected from among the inhabitants of Iceland. However, any Icelander who has the Internet connection can contribute to the draft of the Constitution, participate in online discussions and to follow the discussion of the bill through Facebook. Of course, all suggestions are moderated, and those that can actually have a positive impact on the situation in the country, after the approval of Council, will be included in the project, which, incidentally, must be completed at the end of this month.

Creation of the Constitution of Iceland – a fascinating social experiment, which, however, is possible only in the country, 90% of all households that have broadband Internet access and two-thirds of the population have accounts at Facebook.

Dmitry Oreshko

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