In Brazil, the Chamber of Deputies’ e-Democracia platform uses new social media and technology tools to engage a range of actors in the legislative process. For example, it allows citizens to comment on draft legislation and see when their comments are incorporated into law.
Open Ministry is a civil society e-petition platform that enables citizens to propose legislation to Finland’s Parliament. Any proposal that receives over 50,000 signatures is automatically considered by the Parliament. Issues that have thus far received more than 50,000 signatures and have come up for parliamentary consideration include banning farming of animals for their furs, copyright regulation, allowing same-sex marriages, and making Swedish language non-mandatory for Finnish students.
In Ghana, memoranda are welcomed from the public on any bill before committee. The South African Parliament allows for “submissions” to committees as well, and provides a simple description for how citizens may use this tool in its website. While in Uganda, members of the public may appear before parliament to give evidence on an item in the budget.