That is important because then, people can understand not just the “What” of policies but also the “Why” of policy making, the alternatives we have explored, the ideas that we have considered and discarded, but maybe had some merit and could be done in a smaller scale or by the private or social sector without government intervention, and things like that. And so, I think this is a spirit of co-creation. It’s not just about a traditional idea of accountability where the government’s held to account to implement policies but also a spirit of social innovation–that is to say, the private and social sector can also say, let’s “fork” the government–fork means, in Civic Tech, to take something to a different direction but without writing it off and with a hope that it will be merged back by the administration. So it’s almost like volunteer work except it’s not quite volunteer work, and it’s with the hope that it will be merged back into everyday administration work, after the fact.

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