Nishat Kurwa on Friday, May. 13th
Building on the role of digital media in Egypt’s revolution this year, San Francisco Bay Area developers are holding a Hack-A-Thon at Stanford this weekend to provide technical assistance to activists involved in rebuilding the Egyptian government.
The Hack-A-Thon is relatively freeform, opening with a call for proposals and then an invitation for developers to caucus around a project of their choice that would facilitate transparency, voting, or political education. A Crowdsourcing Constitutional Negotiations app, for instance, would create a basic database to aggregate the constitutions of various countries, and tag articles (civil rights, elections, appointment of judges) to simplify the constitution-surfing. Besides being a comparative tool, creator Vivek Srinivasan says app users could also peruse the proposals for change that are afoot in countries undertaking constitutional revision. “We can allow various forms of commenting including I like it/don’t like it, detailed comments, links to articles, et cetera. ” Srinivasan said this would provide a way of identifying broad support for different proposals, “however imperfect it will be as representative sample.”
He said that given that there are constitutional negotiations currently happening in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and Kenya, developers hope the app will have plenty of continent-wide traction.