From the website (translated with Google):
Wikilegis is “a virtual collaborative environment where citizens can directly contribute to the process of discussion and drafting of bills of national interest. The Wikilegis allows citizens to draw their own version of the legislation, or even make suggestions for amendments to bills.”
Upvotes and downvotes are used to show support for or against bills, and both open and concluded bills are viewable on the platform. To contribute, participants are required to register. Wikilegis was launched in 2009 as a part of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies initiative, e-Democracia. The portal also hosts other e-participation tools, such as Audiências Interativas and Expressão.
From the article “Participatory Lawmaking in Brazil” in the U.S. General Services Administration’s Intergovernmental Solutions Newsletter:
[L]aunched by the Brazilian House of Representatives, the e-Democracia project aims to engage its participants in the lawmaking process in order to achieve concrete legislative results. Relying on the use of social media, combined with offline legislative events (e.g. committee hearings, conferences), the initiative is intended to reach a broad public that includes citizens, parliamentarians, civil servants, researchers, nongovernmental organizations and interest groups.
Finally, considering that in the legislative process much of the relevant discussion takes place during the drafting of a bill itself, the website provides users with the “wikilegis” area. In this collaborative environment, users can elaborate their own version of a bill or suggest amendments to existing bills while simultaneously discussing and qualitatively evaluating bill proposals. Conceived as a free software solution, the platform may be appropriated by state and municipal legislatures as a tool to increase citizen participation in their own lawmaking processes.
How does it work?
The GitHub page is available here.