What problem are you solving?:
It is hard to track policy issues in Lithuania:
– there are many actors initiating policy change: government, president, parliamentary committees, the parliament, etc.;
– the changes themselves of the policy documents are not presented in a usable way;
– it is hard to find ways to give feedback to the politicians and government workers on the policy change they are proposing.
Describe your idea:
A website that will:
– aggregate all relevant news from the parliament, government and other websites — easing the pain to individually track all of them.
– let its visitors to filter the news by simple criteria (parliament committee, ministry, political party, politician names) — reducing the effort needed to find relevant news for the visitor.
– provide context information on relevant documents: connect law proposals to valid laws, link to other news mentioning the document and so on.
– allow its visitors to make public comments on each document — thus creating a feedback channel between citizens and politicians.
– provide an API to use the collected documents and meta-information in other applications.
Even in its current form (only aggregation has been implemented) the website is providing a much better overview on what’s going on in the parliament and the government than anything else. Testing version is at:
What country will this operate in?: Lithuania
Who are you?:
I am a 30 year old web developer and political activist in Vilnius:
– have 9 years of professional experience in web development (apps, portals, websites). Some of my open-source code:
– have participated in political youth organizations and a successful self-organized-on-the-Internet youth protest movement (as one of the leaders);
– for the last 2-3 years I have been actively opposing attempts to introduce Internet voting in Lithuania. Therefore I understand the needs of the potential users of the project I am proposing very well.
We (with Žygimantas Medelis) have organized a meeting (with Tony Bowden) in Vilnius for this project — to invite and encourage more people to participate.
After the meeting we created a Google group (currently 20 members) for the people interested in developing mySociety-like projects in Lithuania: