News Archive 2009-2018

Iceland Creates Crowdsourced Constitution (Mashable) Archives

Following the 2008 economic meltdown, Iceland decided its 1944 constitution was out of date and needed stronger checks and balances to prevent another financial crisis. Twenty-five “ordinary residents,” as Mashable describes them, were named to a council that then used social media to get feedback from citizens on what they wanted in the new document. When Iceland held a recent referendum to see if voters approved of the crowdsourced document, 66% voted yes. The parliament still needs to officially approve the new constitution.

Iceland has a strong history of democratic politics. It has the oldest extant national parliament, the Althing, which the Icelanders first held in 930 A.D., marking the beginning of the Icelandic Commonwealth.