In putting together my Thesis project, I wanted to place my project in the current climate of what was out there. So I mapped it out, using 3 metrics. Locality: does a platform focus on ultra local issues or broader policy issues? Tech: does the platform utilize high tech or low tech? Conversation: does the platform encourage reporting (information sent in one direction) or collaboration (create a space for conversation to take place in a two way communication).
I put my project, ❤ Gov, up against various platforms which look at information sharing among groups of people. 311, U-Report, Change.org, Wikipedia, and community town halls.
Where I aim to situate myself is a locally based, low tech, collaborative tool.