We may have a new website, but that is just the start of our plans to open up politics. In association with Lancaster University, we want to take the lessons we learnt in our "Policy Alpha" project which ran on reddit, twitter and elsewhere, and formed our manifesto in 2012, and take it to the next step: Policy Beta.
About Policy Beta
Policy Beta is our next big IT project. We want to create a digital platform for citizens to network, generate ideas, debate issues, and vote on the policies that we will adopt. It's going to be our way of deciding the Party's direction and with that, the pressure we put on government. Policy Beta will do what we did manually in Policy Alpha back in 2011/12 and much more. It will be a custom fit, open source platform for crowdsourcing public policy.
But its not just for us: As a way of crowdsourcing ideas, Policy Beta will deal with the lack of participation in the way political parties and, indeed, modern democracies work when it comes to gathering ideas. It will be an open source platform, which means anyone will be able to make use of it, extend it or help us to improve it.
We'd like you to join us and our partners at Lancaster University to get this project across the line. Right now we are looking for developers, but as with our other large IT projects, there will be lots of stuff you can get involved with!