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Crowdsourcing and semantic polling, tools that help policy-makers

 “Crowdsourcing and semantic polling are tools that help policy-makers, but it will always be up to policy-makers to assume full responsibility and not water it down”, said Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ALDE) in Strasbourg today at the World Forum for Democracy.“Crowdsourcing and semantic polling are tools that help policy-makers, but it will always be up to policy-makers to assume full responsibility and not water it down”, said Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ALDE) in Strasbourg today at the World Forum for Democracy.“Crowdsourcing and semantic polling are tools that help policy-makers, but it will always be up to policy-makers to assume full responsibility and not water it down”, said Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ALDE) in Strasbourg today at the World Forum for Democracy.“Crowdsourcing and semantic polling are tools that help policy-makers, but it will always be up to policy-makers to assume full responsibility and not water it down”, said Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ALDE) in Strasbourg today at the World Forum for Democracy.“Crowdsourcing and semantic polling are tools that help policy-makers, but it will always be up to policy-makers to assume full responsibility and not water it down”, said Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ALDE) in Strasbourg today at the World Forum for Democracy“Crowdsourcing and semantic polling are tools that help policy-makers, but it will always be up to policy-makers to assume full responsibility and not water it down”, said Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ALDE) in Strasbourg today at the World Forum for Democr“Crowdsourcing and semantic polling are tools that help policy-makers, but it will always be up to policy-makers to assume full responsibility and not water it down”, said Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ALDE) in Strasbourg today at the World Forum for Democracy.

As rapporteur of a lab on 'Crowdsourcing in policy and law making' held at the Forum, Ms Brasseur defined the concept as the “channelling of data, ideas, creativity and a great number of individuals” so as to help policy-makers better understand a given issue and respond to it appropriately. “In policy and law making, crowdsourcing is therefore based on trust in collective knowledge”, she explained.

She added that semantic polling was a technique for analysing large quantities of online data – by searching for specific key words in tweets or similar texts exchanged on social media – in order to draw conclusions about public opinion on particular issues.

After presenting the advantages and disadvantages of the two tools, Ms Brasseur said that one of the challenges concerning crowdsourcing was managing the volume of information and assessing the contributions. “Officials and politicians will have to be persuaded that a different participatory culture needs to be developed, using crowdsourcing as a lever”. In the case of semantic polling, “if we want to make the most of the method, we will have to use the data without allowing ourselves to be manipulated by the data,” she stressed.

“We will need a change in participatory culture, which is also a result of generational changes,” she concluded.