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Finland nods its head to ‘Open Ministry’

25-09-2012

The Finnish government has already permitted the execution of the “citizen’s initiative” program. Through this citizens can bring in new laws provided they have sufficient supporters within a time frame of six months.

The new initiative from this technologically oriented nation can lead to a democratic system where people will have more direct involvement in crafting the laws.  The main concern for online security has already been dealt with: The National Communications Security Authority has audited the policies used and the service providers to safeguard citizen’s details.

Could other nations benefit from the way shown by Finland? From a technical point view there is no obstacle: Open Ministry is an open-source platform and available online. From a more cultural point of view the potential countries ready to investigate the possibilities of such a platform might be more limited.

Read the full article at: http://gigaom.com/europe/online-crowdsourcing-can-now-help-build-new-laws-in-finland/

Nevertheless Finland has once again shown its true colours as an innovative and open culture.



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