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White House Raises The Bar On "We the People" Petition Responses

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, January 16 2013

The White House announced last evening that it would be raising the signature threshold on We the People petitions to 100,000 from 25,000. The initial threshold when the program launched in September 2011 was 5,000, but it was quickly raised to 25,000 after immense feedback in its first week of operation. Petitions don't go public until the creator has collected 150 signatures through their own network. Read More

[OP-ED] White House Innovation Fellows: Where Are the Women?

BY Merici Vinton | Friday, August 24 2012

Former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau tech team co-founder Merici Vinton writes: "On Thursday, the White House announced their new Presidential Innovation fellows and with only 2 of the 18 fellows women it left me wondering, where are the women?" Read More

How the White House Plans to Make Innovation Fellowships Work

BY Christian Bourge | Friday, August 24 2012

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Yesterday morning, the Obama White House launched a new fellowship program aimed at bringing technological innovation to the federal government by fast-tracking the work of online development and tech start-up experts who will serve six-month stints at various federal agencies.

“What we are gunning for is an ecosystem of innovation,” U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park told techPresident following the morning announcement of 18 new Presidential Innovation Fellows at a White House event.

Here's how the administration plans to make Silicon Valley culture work in the White House.

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In Mortgage-Debt Fight, Activists Look Online to Get the White House Involved

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, April 24 2012

A We the People petition calling on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to issue principal reductions for underwater homeowners — and for the head of the regulatory agency overseeing them to allow it or to "step aside" — has reached the 25,000 signature threshold at which the White House promises to respond. Since the White House launched We the People, its online petitions platform, in September, administration officials have answered 63 petitions ranging from this one on raw milk to this one on rights for same-sex couples. Some petitions have spurred a visible shift in policy, while others haven't. This one is worth watching because it calls on the administration to do more work in an area, personal debt, where the Obama White House has already staked out an interest, and opens a digital front in an ongoing skirmish over administration policy. Read More

White House Launches New Tool In "Buffett Rule" Push

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, April 12 2012

The White House has released a new tool where users can enter their tax information or their tax rate to get an estimate of how many "millionaires" are paying a lower tax rate than they are.

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The White House's Post-SOTU "Office Hours" Marathon

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, January 26 2012

Throughout this week and culminating Monday, the White House is hosting question-and-answer sessions online with members of President Barack Obama's cabinet. a complete schedule is here. Vice President Joe Biden plans to ... Read More

Watching the PreziPrezi: Powerpoint to the People?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, January 25 2012

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address on Tuesday. Photo: Chuck Kennedy / White House

The White House video stream of the State of the Union speech was watched by 3.2 million people last night, many of whom probably looking at the "enhanced version" with photos and charts illustrating President Obama's points. What did they see? What did they remember? And what was missing? Read More

Barack Obama Will Take Questions From YouTube, "Hangout" On Google+

BY Nick Judd | Monday, January 23 2012

Barack Obama at a Q&A event co-hosted with Twitter in July. Photo: Geoff Livingston / Flickr

President Barack Obama will answer questions from the public on Jan. 30 during a Google+ Hangout, YouTube announced yesterday. Read More

With #40Dollars Push, White House Cracks a Twitter Engagement Code

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, December 21 2011

Trevor Blake / Flickr

Yesterday afternoon, as part of the White House's online push around payroll tax extensions, the administration's digital staff went across platforms to deliver a prompt: No tax cut extension means $40 less per paycheck for a family making $50,000 a year, so, what does $40 mean to you? Many online prompts fail to spark anything. But this one is getting a lot of answers. 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