The G20 Summit is providing an appropriate showcase for the excellent Debategraph application.
I’ve written about it over here on the Local Democracy blog, but as a quick primer, Debategraph takes the idea of a ‘debate wiki’ one step further – providing a Graphical User Interface to arguments.
I’d argue that this is the most valuable application of new media tools in helping promote inclusion in policymaking.
By crowdsourcing judgement, Debategraph (along with other applications such as Mixed Ink) can contribute to the quality of public policy.
Crowdsourcing opinion doesn’t appear to add much value. Judgement is another matter entirely.