Campaign: Records Management

Stop the Commercialization of Personal Data Held By Government Agencies

People are required to provide information to the government for lots of purposes – to pay taxes, to obtain licenses, to receive benefits. The personal information that we all provide to the government should not be commercialized or data-mined. Also, our interests in government programs should not be turned over to advertisers without our consent. EPIC recommends the use of new technology to promote the efficiency ...more »

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Campaign: New Tools and Technologies

Apply the Privacy Act to All Data Collected by the Government and Government Contractors

The Privacy Act is a very important, technology-neutral law that helps ensure accountability and transparency when personal information is collected by government agencies. The goal is not to limit the use of technology; it is to help ensure that new technology is used in a way to protect democratic values. Social media, such as YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, offer exciting new opportunities for public participation ...more »

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Campaign: New Tools and Technologies

Don’t Track Users on Government Web Sites

Very few Internet users really understand how persistent identifiers, such as “cookies,” record and track their online activities. But it is clear that when users take the time to examine this issue, they are not happy. This was clear when the White House initially proposed to make the President’s speeches available on YouTube without taking privacy into account. Changes were made, but the problem could have been avoided. ...more »

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Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Apply Meaningful Rules for Public Comment Across All Platforms

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 ...more »

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Use a Whole Systems Approach to Transparency and Open Government

One of the major challenges with large initiatives (such as this Transparency and Open Government initiative) and large organizations/institutions (such as the Federal Government) is the lack of integration, collaboration, and synergy that usually result from trying to design, implement, and manage anything this large and complex. They are typically designed and implemented in separate pieces based on the concept that ...more »

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Campaign: Rulemaking

Making US mecca of Top Scientists and Engineers in the world once again

Immigration of Scientists and Engineers from around the world to US is one of the most strategic strength of this nation. In order to be at the forefront of the inventions and innovations of the 21st century US has to make legal incentives for Ph.D. students in Engineering and Basic Science majors to stay in US and contribute to the advance of science and technology after they have completed their studies here. We suggest ...more »

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New America

Use stimulus money to... 1. Create a comprehensive network of high speed rail lines in low atmosphere tubes for commuting and commercial use. This technology is faster, cheaper and more efficient than air, truck or ship travel and building it would provide jobs. 2. Rewire the US for 'the Grid' (the new internet created by CERN) to upgrade our communication and commerce network and, again, create jobs. 3. Rework the electrical ...more »

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Campaign: Federal Advisory Committees

Reopen the Office of Technology Assessment

The Office of Technology Assessment was a respected nonpartisan office whose job was supplying information to congress about upcoming technological possibilities including both opportunities and risk. It was defunded in the 1980's. Arguably the role a new and enhanced OTA would serve is more important than ever. A new OTA would help serve as an important mediator of information to congress and to the publc and improve ...more »

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Campaign: New Tools and Technologies

EMINENT DOMAIN FOR PATENTS that benefit the planet.

YOu all have heard of eminent domain where the government can require you to sell your property to make way for some infrastructure necessary for the public good. My thought is that this principle should also apply to technological inventions which would really do the world a lot of good. It is well known that many patents which threaten the business of powerful corporations have been bought up and sat by these same corporations ...more »

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Campaign: New Tools and Technologies

Centralized Digital System for FOIA Requests

The president should instruct the E-Government Administrator to implement a centralized digital system for Freedom of Information Act requests that interacts with each agency's FOIA office. Such a system could find and manage requests more efficiently and reduce the duplication of requests, since many requests, as well as any released documents, could be made publicly available through each agency’s online reading room. ...more »

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Campaign: New Strategies and Techniques

Citizen’s Deliberation on Critical Issues

Purpose --To facilitate the emergence of an inclusive, legitimate, informed, coherent and trustworthy voice of We the People Introduction: When the Framers of our Constitution met in Philadelphia in 1787, digital media, modern psychology, social psychology, and ecological and systems science did not exist. The deliberative democracy today means integrating the best of face-to-face social collaboration technologies with ...more »

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Campaign: Public-Private Partnerships

Set up a Web site that allows volunteers to schedule time working for non-profits

Lots of people are eager to do volunteer work, but there are many logistical challenges in the way. The Web-based tools that were used as part of the Obama campaign allowed people to easily sign up for shifts doing phone banking, canvassing, bringing food, etc. This capability could easily be extended to non-profits across the country, most of whom don't have the funds or technological expertise to stand up such a site. ...more »

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