For example the first g0v project was a visualization of the national budget. Using the PDF and Word files of the national budget we show them as a tree map, as a bubble map. If you click on it you can say you want more, you don’t understand, you want a cut, you want a deletion of this project, and people can have a discussion. If you click into it you see the raw details. Now the national government has not adopted it yet but the Taipei city government last year did. They published all their budget in the compatible g0v format. Then when people click on it and use their Facebook credentials to talk about the budget like: You say you build a stadium here, but I don’t see any construction, or my school needs repairing, or problems and things like that we’re just conversing over individual budget items as social objects. And much to their surprise after a month every office replied on this platform. They bypassed the city council entirely. They just replied to all the objective questions, they replied to the general feeling, they replied to the idea explaining why the budget is done this way. This was a very magical moment where the citizens in Taipei saw that whatever they type randomly on the Internet gets an official response from the city government. After this went over the national press all the other five major cities in Taiwan all signed on to this platform. It has now become just a regular thing in Taiwan politics. So that is again another case of merging the g0v with the community’s contributions.

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