We may have a new website, but that is just the start of our plans to open up politics. In association with Lancaster University, we want to take the lessons we learnt in our "Policy Alpha" project which ran on reddit, twitter and elsewhere, and formed our manifesto in 2012, and take it to the next step: Policy Beta.
About Policy Beta
Policy Beta is our next big IT project. We want to create a digital platform for citizens to network, generate ideas, debate issues, and vote on the policies that we will adopt. It's going to be our way of deciding the Party's direction and with that, the pressure we put on government. Policy Beta will do what we did manually in Policy Alpha back in 2011/12 and much more. It will be a custom fit, open source platform for crowdsourcing public policy.
But its not just for us: As a way of crowdsourcing ideas, Policy Beta will deal with the lack of participation in the way political parties and, indeed, modern democracies work when it comes to gathering ideas. It will be an open source platform, which means anyone will be able to make use of it, extend it or help us to improve it.
We'd like you to join us and our partners at Lancaster University to get this project across the line. Right now we are looking for developers, but as with our other large IT projects, there will be lots of stuff you can get involved with!
We need Ruby developers. We have already done extensive work on bringing this project from an idea to having a structured roadmap, plan and Minimum Viable Product, but to take things further, we need your help.
The volunteers we need to fill these roles need to have a working knowledge of Ruby and will need to be able to regularly donate a fair chunk of time to this worthwhile project; our roadmap is an extended one with logical endpoints for each stage, but for now we need to work towards our Minimum Viable Product in order to show the worth of Policy Beta.
You will have support on this project from a Volunteer manager, Ed Geraghty, and you will be fully involved in writing the full and final functional and technical specifications.
As this project progresses, we will almost certainly need volunteers to help us in other areas around it, so please do contact us if you think you can be of any help at all!