Legislation Lab

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What is the name of the tool?
Legislation Lab
Tool Class
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Citizen Engagement (Tool Class), Legislation Discussion
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Languages Supported
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English, Arabic, Spanish, Kurdish
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Tool Description

Legislation Lab is a cloud platform for Citizen Engagement through Legislation Discussion. The service (in beta as of 7/2016) allows the user to break down a piece of legislation (either draft or current) into individual articles, then provides the user with the option to upvote and downvote, comment, and in some cases, compare the legislation to similar articles in other pieces of legislation. There is an option to integrate Legislation Lab with Facebook, so that users will be able to share their opinions both on the site and online.

At the moment, users must coordinate with GovRight to set up and use the tool.

What Makes This Tool Different from Others in its Class?

Legislation Lab is similar to DemocracyOS in that it allows citizens to comment on legislation or other political documents. Legislation Lab is usually deployed with a large piece of legislation, with an individual page dedicated to each article. The tool also links with Facebook, so that comments made on the website can also appear within a person's network and encourage further debate. This option is not available for DemocracyOS. However, DemocracyOS is Open Source and free for use.

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