From the website:
Welcome to Opinion Space 2.0
The U.S. Department of State is interested in your perspectives and input on a series of important foreign policy questions. “Opinion Space” is a new discussion forum designed to engage participants from around the world.
Every participant chooses a “point of view” on a global opinion map. Your position is not based on geography or predetermined categories, but on similarity of opinion: those who agree on basic issues are neighbors, those who are far apart have agreed to disagree. You can instantly see where you stand in relation to other participants; by reviewing their comments, you help the community highlight the most insightful ideas.
From the Opinion Space website at UC Berkeley:
Opinion Space 2.0
The U.S. State Department is our first partner Launched on 15 March 2010, Opinion Space 2.0 (accessible at http:/state.gov/opinionspace) has attracted thousands of participants from around the world and is widely recognized as a novel and successful new approach to collecting, visualizing, and analyzing global opinions on foreign policy. As noted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “Opinion Space will harness the power of connection technologies to provide a unique forum for international dialogue. This is … an opportunity to extend our engagement beyond the halls of government directly to the people of the world.”