March 15, 2011
LexPop is setting out to make “governing by the people” a literal term. Their tool provides a space for the collaborative development of public policy, a sort of Wikipedia for making law (but with more structure).
Its first legislation project is courtesy of Massachusetts Representative Tom Sannicandro, who is expected to introduce a net neutrality bill created on the site. Over the next several weeks, participants will research, discuss, outline, and ultimately draft the bill, making it the first-ever 100% publicly created piece of legislation.
LexPop founder Matt Baca, who is a joint J.D./M.P.A. student at New York University School of Law and the Harvard Kennedy School, believes the net neutrality bill is just the first of many public-created laws. “We have made public policy the exact same way for 235 years. LexPop represents the evolution of democracy. Many bills today are written by lobbyists and insiders; LexPop creates a system with more voices—and therefore more legitimacy.”
Watch the video below to see how it works:
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