The system (vTaiwan?) consists of the "proposer group" (for example, the FSC (Avoiding abbreviation) proposes equity-based crowdfunding, the Ministry of Economic Affairs proposes the closed-held company case, and the Ministry of Finance proposes taxation for online transactions), the "editorial group" (supported by III's (Institute for Information Industry) Science & Tech Law Institute), the "moderator group" (vTaiwan.tw project community contributors) — they jointly collaborate on the vTaiwan system.
- A proposer (is it a group or an individual as previously it is said the "proposer group") submitted the case for discussion
- Moderators send out working group (there are two seemly subjects in this sentence, bit confusing) invitations to stakeholders and contributors discovered in the previous stage; the working group agrees on meeting times
- The working group iterates on recommendations, which are posted online as discussion topics
- Working group meetings are conducted in a face-to-face format and with live captioning and video broadcast, so anyone can join through online messaging (leaving their opinions online?)
- The proposer may decide whether to continue drafting, taking into account amendments, or move to the stage/phase of finalization
- At the time of finalization, the sponsor (proposer? or the proposer group) shall respond in writing to the specific proposals received in all preceding phases
The above procedure is used, generally, when the issue has well-defined facets (boundaries?). If there is no specific facets, Pol.is may be used during Stage 0, to consolidate opinions from the general public and then run a live-streamed meeting with the gathering of experts, scholars and netizens. ex: Internet sale of liquor; Uber.
I have helped vTaiwan to refine some of the technologies; such as moderating the forum; and served as a real-time bridge (moderator?) to bring online inputs into the live-streamed conference.
From Sep.2017 I start running the vTaiwan operating community, provide people clearer access to join the operating of vTaiwan, built a online platform to transparent all the operation process of vTaiwan. (what is that online platform? hackfoldr?)
We have a routine vTaiwan operating meeting on every Wednesday which everyone can join without anybody's permission with free food, and theminutes of the meeting would be public online immediately. (https://vtw.link/)
Some of the public options became part of new laws, but I don't know if I can tell what's an achievement and what isn't, I tend to leave it to the history.
In the vTaiwan process, the community's procedural functions and the political power of various agencies must be willing to collaborate. That enables the Political Appointee to take up the political responsibility to translate the results of the consultation into specific legal provisions.
Of course, Audrey still plays a valuable (key?) role in her new position, which necessitates corresponding methodologies.
All vTaiwan cases in the past have their own time and space backgrounds, and they can not be generalized into the future. But in any case, science and technology are only supporting structures, and politics is the fundamental core.
I think vTaiwan relies on the Minister too much.
The community must get its own impact in the policy-making process.
To expand the community and keep independent from any single person, organization or government.
As a free democratic country, I believe that government will collaborate with people as long as vTaiwan community could prove that there's REAL needs of people (with a massive amount of opinions), and people would like to provide the solution to problems (good quality of opinions).
So I think we need more people and stakeholders in the community, let more people know about what vTaiwan and what it can do, and translate jargons into a readable text for the public.
vTaiwan is an online-offline consultation process which brings together government ministries, elected representatives, scholars, experts, business leaders, civil society organizations and citizens. (To do what? Discuss an issue before the law is made?) The process helps lawmakers implement decisions with a greater degree of legitimacy.
vTaiwan has various touch points such as a website (https://vtaiwan.tw/), a combination of meetings and hackathons along with the consultation process (not quite sure if i undestand this and the next one). vTaiwan is also an open space, it is a combination of time and space run by participants to work on cases brought in.