"Let our Congress Tweet"

"Let our Congress Tweet"

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Okay, the deal is that current Congressional rules actually confuse them from talking to us via the Net, which is required for participatory, grassroots democracy. Confusion over what is actually allowed/prohibited leads many Hill staffers to either break rules or not use new Net technologies.

The folks at Sunlight Foundation just started Let Our Congress Tweet which urges Congress to revise their guidelines so they can get serious about talking directly to their constituents:

Sunlight is launching a new campaign, Let Our Congress Tweet, to urge Congress to make clear guidelines that do not inhibit lawmakers from freely interacting with constituents where they already go online to share ideas-through Web services like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.

Current congressional rules restrict what kinds of activities lawmakers can engage in online. That means those members of Congress who embed YouTube videos of congressional hearings on their Web sites do so in violation of these rules.

Congress is right now reconsidering those rules, and we want to send a clear message that they should not write new rules that prevent lawmakers from using the same social networks and Web sites that many people already use.

Disclaimer: since they do big stuff like this, I'm on the board of Sunlight.

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Brian Dunbar

Craig,
Regarding your earlier post about the Presidency as a participatory democracy.
Pols like Congresswoman Pelosi are the reason he's got about zero chance of making it happen.
Expect a President Obama to get cheerful lip service about the idea – then watch them scurry around and sabotage it or warp it to their own ends.
I love my country, but don't much trust people who aspire to run it.

Joe Duck

This is a great idea, though I'm afraid it may take a generation to really take root. Even Mr. uber techno hip Obama seems to underutilize blogginr, twitter, etc. You'd think it would be a lot more effective to use online social networking than offline, but we don't see much from the candidates yet.

Brian Dunbar

but we don't see much from the candidates yet.
Possibly because they don't spend a lot of time in front of a computer.
Also – for all the talk that Mr. Obama is a 'young' candidate he was born in 1961. Guys my age didn't grow up with computers so this 'twittering' and 'blogging' thing you kids make so much of is kind of a foreign thing.

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