innoutAs we all know, Berkeley faces some weighty issues. One concerned person asks, “How come the scientists get all the lasers? I think we should all have access to lasers.”

How do we know this? We don’t just go around asking people about their stance on laser availability. One group of Berkeley students recently launched a website called CitySandbox, where people can voice their thoughts about their community.

The site combines a Google map of the Berkeley area with social networking. Users can click on a specific spot on the map and comment on whatever they so desire. Other users can then comment on the marker that is created and vote on whether or not they like it.

Ideally, this will be a platform where serious community issues can be addressed. The project is part of Berkeley’s Social App Lab, an undergraduate research group which deals with media that changes social participation.

The application has already dealt with some problems such as potholes and crime. We at the Clog are of course very concerned with the pressing matters raised. After all, why are there no closer In-N-Outs?

Image Source: Aaron Friedman under Creative Commons
New website promotes community building [Berkeleyside]
CitySandbox [site]