It's like 'The Sims.' Only political. And real. An international consortium of tech and political science experts is working on new software to help politicians figure out what their constituents actually want.
The consortium, called FUPOL, has 17 partners from Europe and China as well as $11.58 million in funding from the European Union. Using an approach based on complexity science, the partners have laid out a plan to develop advanced information and communications technologies for policy makers.
"The project proposes a comprehensive new governance model," the consortium site reads.
The idea is that eventually the software developed for the project will be able to collect and analyze opinions expressed on the Internet in a large scale. FUPOL's a little vague about exactly how that's going to work, but mentions using tools to classify huge volumes of data generated by social networks.