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E-Government and Public Records Down on the Bayou

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, May 24 2011

The Louisiana state legislature is trying to figure out how to improve its government services online: BATON ROUGE -- The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill Monday that would allow a private vendor to operate the ... Read More

eDem10: A Look at Best Methods for Democratic (and Undemocratic) e-Participation

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, May 6 2010

I'm in Krems, Austria for the two-day eDemocracy2010 conference (hashtag #eDem10), where I'll be giving a keynote talk tomorrow on "The Promise and Contradictions of e-Democracy, Obama-Style." The conference brings ... Read More

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New Pew Report on "Govt Online" Shows Big Citizen Participation But Little Govt Engagement

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, April 27 2010

"The more we can enlist the American people to pay attention and be involved, that's the only way we are going move an agenda forward. That's how we are going to counteract the special interests." --Barack Obama, ... Read More

Let Congress Tele-commute: A Radical, Common-Sense Proposal to Transform Representative Government

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, February 19 2010

If you haven't noticed already, I like "crazy" ideas. That is, notions that may appear like they come from outside the ballpark, but have a germ of possibility and suggest, "There might be a better way to do things than ... Read More

Let’s start taking stock of gov20: a call for papers

BY David Osimo | Monday, January 25 2010

The forthcoming edition of the European Journal of ePractice will focus on government 2.0: hype, hope or reality? http://www.epractice.eu/en/node/288847 It is a good time to start taking stock of government 2.0, ... Read More

Use Your iPhone to Sign a Ballot Initiative: Test Case Launches in CA

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, January 5 2010

If you can sign an electronic pad at the supermarket to pay your credit card bill, why can't you sign the touch-screen of your iPhone to sign a political petition? That question is now being put to the test by the ... Read More

SeeClickFix.com Goes Multilingual (Now Available in 83 Languages)

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, November 17 2009

Our friends at SeeClickFix have some cool news to share today: The do-it-yourself civic platform is going multilingual. Citizens will soon be able to report non-emergency issues in their community to those accountable ... Read More

"Ask U.S.": State Department 2.0 on Sudan, Darfur and Public Engagement

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 9 2009

Tomorrow afternoon at 3:00pm EST, Special Envoy Scott Gration and Samantha Power, NSC Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs, are going to sit down at the White House with the leaders of the largest, most vocal ... Read More

From Australia, An E-Participatory Budgeting Experiment

BY Tiago Peixoto | Wednesday, September 23 2009

The government of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW), in an attempt to mitigate the effects of the economic downturn and stimulate local economies, has allocated the equivalent of US$30 million to the ... Read More

Gov 2.0: Tim O'Reilly Argues for a Left-Right, Do-More-With-Less, Synthesis

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, September 8 2009

Gov 2.0 must mean more than government agencies using social media, said Tim O'Reilly, at this morning's opening of the day-long Gov 2.0 Expo at the DC Convention Center. Some 250-300 people have gathered early this ... Read More