Inside Anti-SOPA Darrell Issa's Laboratory For Digital Democracy

Adam Clark Estes | Atlantic Wire | December 19, 2011

Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California, is quickly becoming known as the most outspoken proponent of a free and open Internet, and according to a new Fast Company profile, his tech-savvy could reshape how Congress writes laws. Nicknamed Project Madison, Issa's new crowdsourcing platform takes an open-source approach, that borrows ideas from how developers write software like Mozilla Firefox and many Android smartphone apps. Fast Company's Gregory Ferenstein explains:

Project Madison is a stripped-down interactive blogging platform, which allows citizens to select individual passages of legislation, and strike or add their own language, with comments for each suggestion. Citizens are encouraged to like or dislike each change, with the most popular suggestions rising to the top. Each page also has embedded Facebook and Twitter buttons that link to individual amendments...