Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 08/15/2011

Iceland Parliament receives crowd-sourced constitution [VIDEO]


Iceland's Parliament debates a bill to hold a referendum over repayment of $5.7 billion demanded by Britain and the Netherlands for depositors' money lost in failed Icelandic banks in January 2010. (Brynjar Gauti - AP)
Back in June, we wrote that Iceland was crowd-sourcing its new constitution to its citizens through social media.

The country’s 25 constitutional council members were elected from 522 ordinary people, who promoted themselves on Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr. These constitution makers then got the rest of the country involved, posting draft clauses on the council’s Web site, which the public could then comment on or discuss on the council’s Facebook page. A live stream of the council’s meetings were on both pages as well.

And on July 29, the Iceland Parliament officially received the new constitution, made up of 114 articles divided into nine chapters. The document is set to be reviewed and then put before a vote for ratification by Oct. 1. But was it all that revolutionary?

Not if you consider the lukewarm response of the public.

Little more than a third of Iceland actually voted in the elections, which were later deemed invalid by Iceland’s supreme court because of problems with voter privacy.

The main Web site for the constitutional council got 16,000 comments, which is far less than the 230,00 eligible voters in the country.

Only a handful of people tweeted at the council’s Twitter account over the last month.

But the council is, nonetheless, enthusiastic.

Take a glimpse inside a council’s meeting, which its most senior member Ómar Ragnarsson said each meeting would conclude on a positive note — with a song.

Watch:

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