Crowdsourced Off-Road Traffic Law Experiment in Finland: Report about idea crowdsourcing and evaluation

January 16, 2014 by Tanja Aitamurto, Hélène Landemore, David Lee, Ashish Goel

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This report describes a crowdsourced off-road traffic law-making process in Finland, namely idea crowdsourcing for law-reform and idea evaluation. The project was initiated by the Ministry of the Environment of Finland and the Committee for the Future of the Finnish Parliament. The project tests crowdsourcing as a method for participatory and direct democracy in an online context. The project goal is to identify ways in which citizens can participate in policy-making online in a meaningful fashion. The goal is also to gather information about such processes, to create knowledge of them, and to share that knowledge for the improvement of governance. Methods for direct and participatory democracy in the recent years have raised much interest both among policy-makers and academics, yet there remains a lack of knowledge and, in particular, empirical evidence about these methods. We hope that our work will contribute to filling that gap.