That was the question posed by Krishnan Guru-Murthy of http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk/ on his Twitter account yesterday – and it nicely encapsulates the ability for an exercise and site like this to polarise opinion.
There’s been a lot of coverage and comment about the site already and I thought it might be useful (and fun) to collect together some of the pieces that have been written about it – from all sides of the debate. There’s a pile of links below that you can peruse at your leisure.
Above all, I just think it’s really exciting and promising for the future of digital democracy that so many people take such an interest. As @neillyneil observes in one of my favourite pieces so far, it’s ‘an obvious point but let’s spell it out: online participation in government policy has now moved from the fringes to the mainstream – it’s become the norm, no longer the domain of a handful of early adopters’. I think that’s a very good thing.
- Digging digital government: recent major works and what they mean
- Mirror: why isn’t it legal to marry a horse? Disorder as 6,000 swamp Nick Clegg’s plea for new laws
- BBC Newsnight debate of the exercise (iPlayer)
- Your Freedom: serious or all for show?
- Daily Mail: Clegg’s great law reform turns to farce as people call for murder and marrying horses to be allowed
- Your Freedoms, our opportunity
- Telegraph blog: Your Freedom: the Coalition Government proves it is ready to listen
- “Your Freedom” is a failure. How to make it better
- Guardian: Clegg crowdsourcing site crashes in heavy traffic
- BBC Daily Politics (video): Clive Anderson on Clegg bid to repeal unnecessary laws
- Ban this sort of thing
- Coalition taps into the wisdom of the crowd
- Your Freedom, would you like it?
- Telegraph: Scrap Digital Economy Act, say public
- ‘Your Freedom’ – hit, miss or maybe?
- Crowdsourcing policy? Politicians do this better than apps
Will probably update this post as more stuff appears. Shout if you’ve seen something we should include