Online tools for engaging citizens in the legislative process

Andrew Mandelbaum  from “Around the world, parliaments, governments, civil society organizations, and even individual parliamentarians, are taking measures to make the legislative process more participatory. Some are creating their own tools — often open source, which allows others to use these tools as well — that enable citizens to markup legislation or share ideas on targeted subjects. Others are purchasing and implementing tools developed by private companies to good effect. In several instances, these initiatives are being conducted through collaboration between public institutions and civil society, while many compliment online and offline experiences to help ensure that a broader population of citizens is reached.
The list below provides examples of some of the more prominent efforts to engage citizens in the legislative process.
Implementer: Brazilian Chamber of Deputies
Additional Information: Case Study
Implementer: Estonian President & Civil Society
Project Name: Rahvakogu (The People’s Assembly)
Additional InformationEnhancing Estonia’s Democracy Through Rahvakogu
Implementer: Finnish Parliament
Project Name: Inventing Finland again! (Keksitään Suomi uudelleen!)
Additional Information: Democratic Participation and Deliberation in Crowdsourced Legislative Processes: The Case of the Law on Off-Road Traffic in Finland
Implementer: SmartGov – Démocratie Ouverte
Additional Information: OpeningParliament Case Study
Implementer: Government of Italy
Project Name: Public consultation on constitutional reform
Implementer: Basque Parliament
Additional Information: Participation in Parliament
United Kingdom
Implementer: Cabinet Office
Project Name: Open Standards Consultation
Additional Information: Open Policy Making, Open Standards Consulation; Final Consultation Documents
United States
Implementer: OpenGov Foundation
Project Name: The Madison Project
Tool: The Madison Project