More steps toward grassroots democracy from the White House

More steps toward grassroots democracy from the White House

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Improving Online Public Participation in Agency Rulemaking

With this blog post, we are expanding
the discussion on how to improve online public participation in agency
rulemaking. In the spirit of President Obama’s Open Government Initiative,
we are looking for better ways to engage members of the public, provide
them with the information they need and improve the ways we meet our
goals.
 

We are interested in hearing your thoughts on:

  • Public Involvement – How do we increase public
    involvement in the rulemaking process and other notice and comment processes
    (e.g., environmental impact statements)? Would the use of common web tools
    increase participation (e.g., user ratings, affiliating oneself with common
    interests, sharelinks and social bookmarking)?
  • Public Involvement – How do we increase public
    involvement in the rulemaking process and other notice and comment processes
    (e.g., environmental impact statements)? Would the use of common web tools
    increase participation (e.g., user ratings, affiliating oneself with common
    interests, sharelinks and social bookmarking)?

New Technologies and Participation

Innovation in social technology has created
unprecedented opportunity to connect you to your government in order to obtain
information and services and to participate in policymaking. If you are on
Facebook or MySpace, government should be accessible there, too.   This is the
core of what we call "context-driven government." Government is only open if it
is accessible. So we must bring the important services and issues of public
interest into the online communities in which we already work, live, and play
and create new communities for mutual engagement. This is why the White House
has created communities on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and Flickr and why we’ve established the Open Government
blog for public engagement. We want to make it easy to see the latest news,
photos and videos from the Obama Administration and, more important, to provide
a platform for you to comment, ask and answer questions, and engage with us,
your family and communities around important issues.

Enhancing public participation in government activities: New social technologies
like this blog are making it possible to participate in government in new ways.
With the right tools, there are opportunities to bring government
decision-making to the people. What are the best technological strategies – in
the public or private sector – for empowering government officials and the
public to work together…?

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