The government is finally moving the legal system into the 21st
century, with wiki-based laws. The idea is that the people
the customer, and the customer should have a say in the rules.
This is, oddly, a government-sponsored revolution.
Of course, this would not be possible in a government where
corporations have sway over the legal process. It could only
happen in a true democracy, not a fascist state.
Zealand to Pioneer Wiki-based Laws
September 28, 2007 4:55 AM
New Zealand will allow citizens to decide what is legal or
not via wiki
New Zealand’s Policing Act governs what is
legal and what
is illegal for its citizens. Now New Zealand will take a
bold step by allowing its citizens to collectively rewrite its laws in
pure democratic fashion.
While the idea hearkens back to ancient democratic forums, the medium
is decidedly high-tech — the nation will use a wiki to allow citizens
to contribute to the new policing act. The page will help
organize their thoughts and collectively make decisions…
…New Zealand Police Superintendent Hamish McCardle, responsible for the review,
calls the move “a new frontier in democracy” and sees the pilot as
essential for police to understand public sentiment. “It’s a novel move
but when it comes to the principles that go
into policing, the person on the street has a good idea … as they
are a customer,” he claims.
The old Policing Act dates
back to1958, and modern police feel the code could not accurately and
fairly police its citizens in the modern landscape.
New Zealand Police boldly decided that changing the law should not be
relegated to government politicians and bureaucrats…
They’ve already run into a snag. If you go to the site, this
is what you see:
Even Wikis need a break.
The response so far has been better than expected and the Police Act
Review Team would like to take some time to collate the submissions and
suggestions made thus far. Thanks to all contributors.
The Police site explains that the Wiki contributions will not
necessarily constitute the final law. Rather, they will be
considered as suggestions by the legislature. Even so, it is
a delightful mechanism to help people be more involved, more informed,
and possibly more creative.