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Crowdsourcing Government

How network theory can help us understand the benefit of introducing the crowd to government policy development.

jen mitko

on 22 March 2014

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Crowdsourcing Government
How crowdsourcing helped Finland amend its Off-Road Traffic Act
Policy Analysts and the Government Process
Crowdsourcing Government

by Jen Mitok COMM 506
Master of Arts in Communications and Technology
University of Alberta

Bureacracy, by Jon-Eric Melsaeter
Dissecting the Government Process
“…most ideas are not original and come from others and the cultural milieu.”
- Charles Kadushin

The Crowd Brings Collective Intelligence

Policy-Making Process in Finland
Introducing the Crowd
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Hard-to-Reach Fins
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Peer Production - New Ways to Create Policy
Networks stop becoming a puzzle, but a solution

Iceland Reaches Beyond
its Borders
The Crowd is Changing Government
Thank you!
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Aitamurto, T. (2014, February 19)
Crowdsourcing in policy-making: The impact of blended expertise on policy-making process
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Benkler, Y. (2011, August 11)
Wikimania 2011 - Opening Ceremony.
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Kadushin, C (2012) Understanding Social Networks, Theories, concepts and findings. New York: Oxford University Press

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