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E-Petitioning for Human Rights

BY Nick Judd | Monday, February 27 2012

Here's an interesting petition on the White House's "We the People" online petitions platform; it's called "Stop Expanding Trade with Vietnam at the Expense of Human Rights," and while it already has enough support to trigger a response under the administration's rules for the site, activists are hoping for as many as 100,000 signatures. As of Monday, the petition had nearly 88,000 signatures. Read More

In Defense of 'We the People'

BY Nick Judd | Friday, November 11 2011

Anil Dash defends the utility to citizens of We the People, the White House's new e-petitions platform: For every cockamamie "tell us about the space aliens!" petition or every obligatory "legalize it!" appeal, there are ... Read More

White House Reiterates Limits for Online Petitions

BY Nick Judd | Friday, November 4 2011

When White House officials promised to issue responses to people who garner enough digital signatures on a newly launched online petition website, Obama administration digital director Macon Phillips wrote Thursday night ... Read More

Pot Tops the "We the People" Issue List, But For How Long?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, September 26 2011

As expected, the first petitions to go over the 5,000 signature threshold on the new "We the People," WhiteHouse.gov e-petition platform include several on the subject of decriminalizing marijuana. The Gawker blog noted ... Read More

Here's the Latest on the White House Plan to Listen to 'We the People' Online

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, September 15 2011

White House New Media Director Macon Phillips answers questions that open government advocates have been collecting about We the People, the online petitions platform his team expects to roll out very soon. The whole ... Read More

With 'We The People,' White House Promises to Go E-to-the-People

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, September 1 2011

What if you could go online to tell the government you cared about something, and it would actually listen? In a blog post and video Thursday morning, White House digital director Macon Phillips announced that President ... Read More

In the UK, Online Petitions Are Gaining Steam

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, August 16 2011

A new online petition initiative in the United Kingdom is so popular that its website crashed on its first day in operation — so popular, in fact, that it has some people worried that too much democracy might be a ... Read More

The Europe roundup: Petition Your Council. Easily.

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, July 6 2011

UK | Petition Your Council. Easily. Yesterday mySociety.org launched a new project called PetitionYourCouncil.com: the website has been built to make it easy to petition your local council using their official online ... Read More

E-Democracy Win: Britain Apologizes to Alan Turing

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, September 11 2009

This morning, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued an official statement of apology to Alan Turing, a mathematician who led the WWII code-breaking effort that broke Germany's Enigma codes and did pioneering work in ... Read More