Opening NZ Policy Making to the Web

If Julia Gillard was looking around for ideas on the climate change assembly, they could take a leaf out of the New Zealand left’s book as they’ve created Open Labour.

Based on a simple wiki model, anyone can jump in and make policy suggestions for the Labour Party from their own version of the national broadband network to editing opposition leader, Phil Gough’s speech.

Whether it represents a political publicity stunt or a genuine appeal for an open government that listens as well as delivers slogans remains to be seen. There’s a great suggestion for Stephen Conroy on the internet filter though “Make a filter opt-in. Let the default internet be uncensored but make it easy for people to choose to be censored if they wish. Make the policies around what is censored be developed in a transparent way.”