"Opinion Space" tech used by State Department
Posted on March 16th, 2010 by Craig Newmark
Hey, the Department of State has launched OpinionSpace which is a pretty smart way to engage the world in discussion regarding global questions:
“Opinion Space will harness the power of connection technologies to provide a unique forum for international dialogue. This is an example of what we call 21st century statecraft and an opportunity to extend our engagement beyond the halls of government directly to the people of the world. I can't wait to be a part of this exciting new conversation,” said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
OpinionSpace was developed at the UC Berkeley Center for New Media with the State Department. (Disclaimer: the BCNM is supported in large part by craigslist.)
Opinion Space invites users to share their perspectives and ideas on U.S. foreign policy in an innovative visual "opinion map" that will illustrate which ideas result in the most discussion and which ideas are judged most insightful by the community of participants
"This map is not based on geography or predetermined categories, but on similarity of opinion," said UC Professor and BCNM director Ken Goldberg, "Opinion Space is designed to 'depolarize' discussions by including all participants on a level playing field."
Join the discussion on Opinion Space. You can already see what people are talking about.
Great commentary at Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab:
If you go to State.gov and answer the questions (via a ’strongly agree’ to ’strongly disagree’ slider), you’ll see your answers plotted as a single dot on a broad constellation of lighted, white orbs — some static, some pulsing. You’ll see where your opinions fall next to the opinions of others who have answered the questions…people, ostensibly, from around the world.