Proponents of applying version control systems to law have a powerful vision: a bill or law, with its history laid bare and its sections precisely broken out, and real names attached prominently to each one. Why shouldn’t we able to have that? And since version control systems are helpful to the point of absolute necessity in any collaborative software effort, why wouldn’t Congress employ such an approach?
When people first happen upon this idea, their reaction tends to fall into two camps, which I’ll refer to as triumphalist and dismissive. [...]
The Sunlight Foundation‘s approach can probably be described as qualified triumphalism. [...]
Click here for a list of legislative crowdsourcing projects in the U.S., compiled by OpenCongress, that John cites in the post.