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Hackathon/Taggathon for the Arab Spring

Stanford program on Liberation Technology

Saturday, July 16, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

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The Huang center is booked, so we'll go to the Graduate Community Center (GCC) at 750 Escondido Road, Stanford CA 94305.

We'll be in the Bogota room, upstairs. Go in to Ray's pub, cross it to the stairs at the back, and you'll find the Bogota room on the second floor. 

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Hackathon/Taggathon for the Arab Spring

Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia are revamping their constitution. Lend a hand!

Several online platforms already exist for constitutional debate in the Arab world, like for Morocco or and for Egypt. We’d like to make that movement international. What are the common issues that the Moroccans, Egyptians and Tunisians are grappling with? What about other countries who have new constitutions, like Turkey, how did they solve these issues? And countries with much older constitutions, like the US? Constitutions around the world can provide inspiration and spark discussions.

The world’s constitutions are available online, but they’re not sexy, it’s not easy to compare them, and there isn’t a place to talk about them. We’ll build the Constitution Explorer and fix that.

Our goals :
- Constitution Database : Make it easy to browse constitutions of the world, by theme (“Freedom of Expression”, “Role of the Parliament”, ...) and by country, in Arabic, English and French (for a start!). Encourage and facilitate the comparison of constitution articles.
- Discussion platform : Have users start discussion topics on general themes (“What should the role of the army be?”) on comparisons (“The American constitution does it like this, the Moroccan does it like that, which do you like best?”) or on amendment suggestions (“I think Article 17 should say...”). Make it easy to create little surveys that other users could answer and discuss.
- Data analysis tool : Try as much as possible to gather data about our users, so that their voice can be heard by officials through statistics (“78% of women voted no to this.”)
- Link between existing platforms : Embed activity feeds and hot ideas widgets from existing online tools into the Constitution Explorer, and vice-versa. Encourage traffic between websites, to be a catalyst rather than a competitor.

We need you!

HACKERS: Our platform will be on Wordpress. We are interested in identifying anyone with experience on Wordpress and PHP, along with those possessing general web development skills: Html, CSS, Javascript, SQL. We'll also have to deal with facebook/twitter (and google+??) integration, maybe a little google map integration... You could also help out with building a widget to integrate with, the new Egyptian crouwdsourcing platform that started in Hack4Egypt 2. There's a variety of things to do. 


TAGGERS: Those who are specialized in the fields of political science, constitutional law and area studies who can read through constitutional text and assist us with the tagging process.


LINGUISTS: Those who can read foreign languages and help us in locating native versions of the world’s constitutions to populate the database. We have a special emphasis on the Arab world and have a particular interest in those who can read Arabic.  


WHEN: Saturday, July 16

             10:00 am onwards

For those who are interested, we’ll be meeting again in weekly gatherings on Stanford campus. We’ll discuss the day and time.


WHEREStanford University

Graduate Community Center

Bogota Room, 2nd floor



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Graduate Community Center, Bogota Room
Stanford University
750 Escondido Road
Stanford, CA 94305

Saturday, July 16, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

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For more information on the Program on Liberation Technology at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL):

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