Dr. Sean Deely of the University of York and Tarik Nesh-Nash, M.S., of Software Centre, presented a paper entitled The Future of Democratic Participation: my.con: An Online Constitution Making Platform, at CROWD 2014: Sintelnet WG5 Workshop: Crowd Intelligence: Foundations, Methods, and Practices, held 8-9 January 2014 in Barcelona.
Here is the abstract:
During the Arab Spring revolutions protestors used mobile communications technology and social media platforms to share information, mobilize supporters, and organize activities to bring about the political transformation of their countries. In each case the drafting of a new constitution was the next step adopted to continue that transformation. We ask whether the digital revolution that powered the overthrow of old regimes during the Arab Spring can also be used to facilitate a similar level of participation in the constitution making process and we present “my.con”, an online platform allowing citizens to collaborate in constitutional drafting.