On Iceland’s Crowdsourced Constitution

by Lawrence Lessig

A translation of this essay was published in Iceland in March.

Originally published in Medium

In the history of constitutions across the world, America has had a unique place: Ours was the first constitution ratified by the people in convention. But Iceland has now done something much more significant: For the first time in the history of the world, and using a technology only possible in the 21st century, the people of a nation have crafted their own constitution through an open and inclusive crowd-sourcing process. Yet astonishingly, that constitution remains unenforced.

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