Personal Democracy Plus Our premium content network. LEARN MORE You are not logged in. LOG IN NOW >

This New House.gov

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 21 2011

The new House.gov, now in a public testing period.

The House of Representatives is previewing what its online home will soon look like. Out with the old, in with the new House.gov. After a period of public feedback, the new site is scheduled to become official on May 2.

Says Rep. Jason Chaffetz in a statement, "To increase transparency, efficiency, and citizen engagement, it is imperative that the House use technology to improve internal operations. After working together with the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, their technology support team, and the Committee on House Administration, we believe this redesign of House.gov will help Members better connect with the people they serve."

And reads the announcement of the beta release, "among the new and/or improved features are: easy-to-use tools for finding your representative, an expanded public disclosure section, and an interactive calendar of current and archived House schedules, floor proceedings, votes, bills, and reports. Those wanting to learn more about the House can explore current news of interest, unique program and resource highlights, and a straight-forward educational component with information about the House and the federal government."

The 'old' House.gov.

News Briefs

RSS Feed wednesday >

New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

GO

More