Friday, 1 February 2013

A Case for “Open Source” Law?

The law applies universally, and, therefore, has to be “executed” by all members of society; however, it is written in a language (a “code”) that is understood only by experts. We believe that this discrepancy is problematic. Furthermore, what is perhaps equally problematic is that lawmakers have difficulty receiving input from the members of society on how laws are performing. Toward addressing these problems, in this article, we advocate the creation of Lawpedia, a knowledge system based on the peer-production paradigm where laws are explained in plain language and feedback about the laws is gathered as one coherent input to the lawmakers and governments.