Yesterday, UMP french leading-party secretary, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, introduced UMP new socialmedia: “Les créateurs de possible“.
The idea of this platform is to make it possible for every citizen to purpose, discuss, and get involved in community projects.
« Creators of opportunity», as it may be approximatively translated, is a Do It Yourself project launched by the french right-wing party. This platform of a new kind in France will be online in the following 24 hours.
Creators of opportunity is:
- A mash up of socialmedia to serve community
- A community open to all the citizens
- A simple design with easy ergonomics and traditional functions of a social network
- A free speech space with no moderation a priori (except for discriminative contents)
- A community where UMP logo does not appear (but the platform logo looks similar)
- A webspace emphasizing transparency and authenticity
- A social network using web20 tools to spread informations (Facebook, Twitter & Co, RSS)
- A platform with iphone app and some widgets available
- An online activism toolkit with apps such as online petition and door-to-door advises
Eventhough the presentation is not complete as I could not access the platform, this initiative has been underlined as « very risky » during its presentation.
Organized well, it would be easy for a bunch of opponents to transform this platform into a big mess.
The no-yet-existing digital identification would indeed allow anyone to use fake identities and post any irrelevant comment and there will be only 3 staff members to moderate 35 million potential french websurfers.
Maybe the purpose of this website (again, still to be seen) is not to recolt such a great amount of feedbacks. Maybe it could never be so popular anyway as french people have not answered yet the question:
Are you willing to animate a platform launched by a political party when his leader, french President Nicolas Sarkozy gets less than 40% of favorable opinion on national polls?
Of course, UMP presence on this platform seems to be insidious but confusion remains.
Is it a national platform for all citizens to solve problems conjointly ? Or is it a partisan website to launch partisane
The UMP and its leader ‘popularity is not at its top and Sarkozy is not known as a man uniting people in real life. For these two reasons -at least- pretend to be able to bond french people on the web is indeed, so risky.
That is why one may regret that NKM, by the way mainly known as Secretary of State in charge of developping digital economy in France, created such an interesting tool for a « party concern only » instead of creating it for a national purpose.
At the meantime, French people are launching a « No-Sarkozy-day » on the net.
On the other side of the (political) border, we can’t help but thinking about Segolene Royal « Desir d’avenir » platform. Segolene Royal is the french left-wing politician who ended 2nd to the run for presidency in 2007. She actually announced on december 28th that her collaborative website was turning into a platform of solidarity, « a fraternity and solidarity-based website to give a hand on each other projects ». Platforms are being very trendy lately.
Concerning oversea empowerment projects, we could cite the City of Manor (TX) and its launching of « Manor Lab » that allows citizens to purpose and vote for local projects. http://www.manorlabs.org/
There is also Fixmystreet, the British DIY where you can report or discuss local problems http://www.fixmystreet.com/
Without mentioning all the citizen applications for iphone developped by cities such as New York, Washington, Portland, San Francisco and so on to emphasize interaction and community involvement. Not mentioning neither “Smarter government” project in the UK and “Engage” program in Australia.
So we finally made a point. But we still have time to make up on gov20 so let’s hope that this participative platform – as a first step- will turn to be successful, for an emerging edemocracy and gov20 in France and for the greater transparency that should inevitably follow.