Really big: Open Government Initiative

Really big: Open Government Initiative

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Okay, more's happening at the White House, starting to seriously change the way we run our government, huge innovation in real grassroots government.

Check out the Open Government Initiative.
The folks at techPresident.com do a really good job discussing this.
Here's a little direct from the source:

The Administration is committed to developing those recommendations
in an open fashion. Consistent with the President’s mandate, we want to
be fully transparent in our work, participatory in soliciting your ideas and expertise, and collaborative in how we experiment together to use new tools and techniques for developing open government policy.

Today we are kicking off an unprecedented process for public
engagement in policymaking on the White House website. In a sea change
from conventional practice, we are not asking for comments on an
already-finished set of draft recommendations, but are seeking fresh
ideas from you early in the process of creating recommendations. We
will carefully consider your comments, suggestions, and proposals.

Here’s how the public engagement process will work. It will take place in 3 phases: Brainstorming, Discussion, and Drafting.

Beginning today, we will have a brainstorming session for suggesting
ideas for the open government recommendations. You can vote on
suggested ideas or add your own.

Then on June 3rd, the most compelling ideas from the brainstorming
will be fleshed out on a weblog in a discussion phase. On June 15th, we
will invite you to use a wiki to draft recommendations in collaborative
fashion.

These three phases will build upon one another and inform the crafting of recommendations on open government.

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