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Parliament & Citizens : a platform to co-design laws

Parliament & Citizens is a transparency and collaboration tool that allows representatives to involve citizens in drafting their bills. The platform propose a new way for citizens to involve in legislative process by co-designing laws.
"Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives." says the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 21). 

While before internet it was almost impossible to enable citizens to participate "directly" to legislative process, this once far distant goal is now possible thanks to new technologies. 
That's the main aim of Parliament & Citizens, a platform designed to enable collective intelligence and make more efficient and responsible laws.

  • Is the project already developed?

Launched in France in february 2013 with 6 elected representatives from 6 different political parties, the platform is developed in BETA (and in french) for a first testing.
This first experimentation is so conclusive that we aim to translate, document and open source code in order to continue and accelerate the developpement of the platform worldwide.

  • Who founded the project? How is it funded?

Parliament & Citizens is designed an developed by SmartGov, a small french 5 person non-governemental and non-profit organization dedicated to OpenGov and located in Paris. 

For now, the project is not funded at all. We're only few volunteers and we need financial support to continue to develop en test it.

We also gather and conduct a french-speaking group about OpenGov. This group called "Démocratie Ouverte" (Open Democracy) has members in Canada, Europe and Africa (french speaking countries). It aims to translate and adapt OpenGov concept in French and to promote and support projects in that commit to transparency, openness and participation.

  • Why do we need financial support?

The funds we hope to raise will be spent to have the more effective impact on democracy opening ...and to guide the political system by helping the well doing politicians, rather than fighting against the others.

We already developed a first version of the platform for free (we have worked on it for 1 year) and launched a first test (running since february) with a real study case (with politicians from all the political parties).
Today, we need support to:
- Launch other experimentations and study cases in France and in other states (from a local to a federal level).
- Translate, document and free the source code of the platform ...and continue open  source developments on Github.
- Develop new OpenGov features.

  • More details about the innovative process:

The project follows a seven steps methodology.
  1. Each representative can use the platform by publishing a "subject" dedicated to become a bill (law proposition). The first step is to present this subject with a video and a detailed online description.
  2. Once the subject is published, every citizen is invited to participate. Comments and color vote allows participants to give a feedback to the representative. Everyone can also make new proposals and give ideas to build a better bill. 
  3. A crowdsourcing step enables data and sources to be collected to document the subject.
  4. Our team analyzes all contributions and publish a detailed overview.
  5. A filmed debate is organized with the representative and a selection of participants: those whose contributions were most liked on the platform and drawn participants.
  6. After all this collaborative process, the representative write the bill and publish it on the platform with an instructive video to explain there choices.
  7. The last step enable citizens to support the co-designed bill on social networks and to their own representatives.

What is your project? [1 sentence max]

Our long term goal is to continue to empower citizens and representatives by offering them new democracy tools (well designed and open source developed).

Where are you located?

[Paris / France] for now.
Possibly every country, state or local government in the future.

How did you hear about the contest?

  1. Twitter
  2. Facebook
  3. Word of mouth
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entry submitted by: Armel Le Coz
March 17, 2013, 09:29PM
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March 29, 2013, 04:08PM
I like very much. Merci bien.
March 29, 2013, 01:31PM
March 29, 2013, 01:06PM
Good initiative for french politics! To be followed straight ! :)
March 29, 2013, 05:47AM
Sorry, but I don't speak English!!
March 29, 2013, 05:27AM
Why can't you unleash the source code just right now on github, then document it later?
March 28, 2013, 05:22PM
Great project!
March 28, 2013, 10:31AM
Well done, very nice project !!!
March 28, 2013, 07:27AM
Could do some translating into spanish.
March 17, 2013, 09:47PM
To visit our platform (in french) :

Help us to open the source code and to traduct our platform in English and Spanish.
Nicolas Gignac's reply to Ahmed Khan's comment
March 18, 2013, 09:26AM
This is a unique project and it shoud be expand to other regions for the benefit of democracy around the world!! Why not test it in a UN project as well with different nation:-)
Esteban Vargas Mazas's reply to Ahmed Khan's comment
March 27, 2013, 07:11AM
I could help you with the translation to spanish if you want.
Armel Le Coz's reply to Ahmed Khan's comment
March 27, 2013, 09:03AM
Thx Esteban.
I send you a message threw facebook :)
Quentin Dubuis's reply to Ahmed Khan's comment
March 28, 2013, 06:54AM
J'adore ce projet, ça rejoint mes préoccupations ! J'aimerais bien vous rencontrer, voire vous aider quand j'aurai davantage de temps !
Armel Le Coz's reply to Ahmed Khan's comment
March 28, 2013, 07:05AM
@quentin you can subscribe here : and/or contact us via the website :)
Quentin Dubuis's reply to Ahmed Khan's comment
March 28, 2013, 07:27AM
Evidemment que je suis déjà inscrit ;) Je vous recontacterai par le site dans ce cas.
March 27, 2013, 07:13PM
A very good project, in the perfect way of current times, congratulations and hope the best for you and your team !
March 27, 2013, 09:39AM
For a better future in politics, I hope ... !!
If you need help for moderate or for others thing ! (in French of course ^^)
March 27, 2013, 07:09AM
It's a great idea that could inspire other countries to follow this path towards a more interactive participation during the creation of laws. Bravo la France !
March 27, 2013, 05:26AM
good job
March 27, 2013, 04:16AM
Great idea, inspiring developpement. Go go go for it !
March 23, 2013, 11:56AM
Hi Armel,

Does Parlement & Citoyens provide a voting facility for a proposed draft, or the final bill? Or any other formal means for a participant to express his/her agreement or disagreement?

Armel Le Coz's reply to Ahmed Khan's comment
March 26, 2013, 01:29PM
Hi Michael,

The representative post a first draft.
Every citizen can vote and comment each part of this draft (the problem analysis and the solution proposed by the representative).
Everyone can also propose new solutions and sources for the debate.
March 26, 2013, 06:09AM
A very good application which allows not only the exchange but the maturation of the projects!
March 23, 2013, 05:23AM
Bravo, bravo, Yes, keep on !
March 22, 2013, 11:19AM
Good job keep on !
March 18, 2013, 09:42AM
French citizenship always a the top of social innovation !
March 18, 2013, 09:03AM
Great Opengov initiative !
March 18, 2013, 05:43AM
One of the best open gov initiative that i know!


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