Public participation is the cornerstone of American democracy. When citizens take the time to participate in government, their views should be valued. A process for public comment should be open to all, easily accessible, established without favoritism, and ensure the systematic collection of the public’s views.
There are many laws that help ensure *meaningful* public participation in the decisions of government. These laws provide for public notice and opportunities for the public to express their views on the decisions that government makes. They also require that decisions are made openly and transparently. And they allow courts to decide when agencies have unfairly disregarded the opinions of the public.
EPIC recommends that the laws that help ensure meaningful public participation in decisions by government apply to all new technology platforms.