Governments should use a public git for their laws

  • 24
    Ive thought about it and it makes so much sense.

    I was looking to start a project like this.
  • 3
    A lot of the time they do have something like that.
  • 9
    ToS, privacy policies and EULAs should be in a git repository, too.
  • 14
    Buzzword: blockchain

    There must be a way to detect illecit changes.
  • 3
    in germany this is possible and automatable with an relative "easy" crawler. and now in hessen directly, since most people voted to allow electronical publications of laws.
  • 2
    Now, just use a serious voting plugin on the laws which is used in parlament and it gets even more genius ^^
  • 9
    Interesting fact, I was on the Wikipedia page for GitHub and turns out the only time Github has ever been censored is when it was used to circumvent national law.

    Russia - user posted suicide manuals

    India - pro isis content

    DDoS by China - tools for circumventing internet censorship

    Turkey - containing leaked emails of a minister

    Just thought someone might find this interesting 👍

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/... > Censorship
  • 7
    That's a good idea ! This way it'll be easier to revert a law !
  • 3
    Actually makes sense, going to be hard to keep trolling away because can you imagine how merge requests are just going to add total bullshit...

    Still a good idea, would make petitions a whole tonne easier
  • 2
    I had an idea about a year ago for an open source manifesto. In my country, each political party has their ideas about where the country needs to be by the end of their 5 year term. This results in a lot of slate wiping whenever new parties come into power.

    The open source manifesto would serve as *the* plan for the country and political parties will be elected based on their ability to execute what's in the manifesto.
  • 4
    *github goes down

    The purge: git happens
  • 2
    They can use features toggling to test law in production
  • 1
    It's almost a thing in DC:

    "How I changed the law with a GitHub pull request" - https://news.ycombinator.com/item/...
  • 0
    @stop hold on a fucken second. Why do we have to vote to allow electronic publication of laws. What the fuck?
    Aren't laws something nobody owns, everybody should know and that should be always easily accessible?
  • 1
    @nitwhiz the hesse voted to change the "Verfassung des Landes Hessen", its similar to the Grundgesetz or the Constitution of the US. its Required that a change need to be ratified by the hesse. on the 28. of oct. 15 seperate changes were ratified. one of these 15 were the electronic publication of laws.
    here is the entry in the german wikipedia(it wasnt translated yet.): https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
  • 1
    @nitwhiz and it was allowed, but it were inoffical and not binding for the gouvernment.
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