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.

Will probably update this post as more stuff appears. Shout if you’ve seen something we should include 🙂