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Crowdsourcing in policymaking is becoming a more common method for civic engagement and knowledge search, and it is used both by local and national governments. In crowdsourced policymaking, the government invites citizens to contribute to a policymaking process and asks them to share their ideas for the policy. For instance, several federal agencies in the United States have used crowdsourcing in policy reforms, Iceland applied crowdsourcing in its constitution reform process, and the House of Representatives in Brazil have used crowdsourcing in policy reforms.

Recorded 13 August 2015.

Duration: 00:44:28

About the presenter

Dr Tanja Aitamurto Deputy Director and a Brown Fellow (postdoctoral) at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at the School of Engineering at Stanford. She examines how collective intelligence, whether gathered by crowdsourcing, crowdfunding or co-creation, impacts journalism, governance and product design, particularly media innovations. Tanja is the author of Crowdsourcing for Democracy: New Era in Policy-Making. She has lead the design and implementation of the Finnish Experiment, a pioneering case in crowdsourcing policymaking. She advises and studies Open Government projects in several countries, the projects including topics such as participatory budgeting and crowdsourced legislation. She has attended meetings and given talks about her research in the White House, the Wikimedia Foundation, OECD, the Council of Europe and in several Parliaments and Governments, including those of Canada, Austria and Finland. More about her work at


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