Earlier this week a computer science professor made an unusual promise as he announced a run for political office in Vermont.
Jeremy Hansen, an assistant professor at Norwich University, is proposing to give regular citizens a vote – on everything – should he be elected to the State Senate.
In his words, he will “provide an accessible online voting platform to allow discussion and voting on bills, the results of which he will carry to the State Senate.”
“The system we have now does not allow for easy and ongoing participation by all citizens,” Hansen said.
To me, this sounds like a leap forward using readily-available online research tools.
What do you think? If adopted widely, could this be an important new use of online research technology?