What does 'Crowdsource C-51' Mean?

When the Liberal government took over, they promised to reform the highly unpopular Bill C-51. The first step they took was the National Security Consultation, where Canadians could give their feedback on the bill online, and in person. That consultation is now closed, and the 59,000 submissions made by Canadians have been released publicly. In response, this website empowers the public to help sift through the huge volume of data to find out what Canadians really asked for in the consultation.

Why do we need to crowdsource C-51?

The government has promised only a ‘summary’ of the results. Unfortunately the entire process of the National Security Consultation has been marred with issues of bias, leaving many concerned that the outcome – and the government’s resultant summary – would be skewed in favour of policies that will increase surveillance on innocent citizens.

Fair and unbiased research, conducted transparently by the public, will give us an unfiltered view of what the results really say. And with such a large set of data, crowdsourcing will allow us to get through volumes of information that would otherwise be very difficult and costly.

How does it work?

Using the official submissions released by the government, a random, statistically significant amount of comments are loaded into the tool. 

Anyone who comes to the site can then go through these comments one by one, and mark whether each submission contains certain sentiments, for example whether the submission supports the repeal of bill C-51.

For ensure reliable data, each submission is rated by three separate individuals, and assigned a ranking on the balance of those three. So, for example, if two out of three reviewers say that a submission calls for the repeal of C-51, then it’s receives a positive value for that question. 

These crowdsourced ratings will inform our final analysis, which will be completed after a representative sample of the consultation has been evaluated.

Can I trust the results of this?

We’ve consulted with experts to review our methodology and to confirm that our samples are representative of the overall consultation. Each submission is rated by three separate individuals, to ensure consistent rankings.

What do you plan to do with the results?

A final report that reviews the results will be published our our website as soon as evaluation has concluded. We will also send our findings to key government contacts. 

If our findings contradict any summaries prepared by the government, this data will provide a powerful tool to counteract them, and pressure the government to make changes that truly reflect what Canadians have demanded.

How can I get more involved?

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