Campaign: New Strategies and Techniques

Who are the open government dialog participants?

The idea of the open government dialog is great, but who are we having a dialog with? Using the “town meeting” analogy, there are no anonymous participants. When you say something in such a meeting you usually are known or state your name. Perhaps the same should apply here – the participating citizens should identify themselves. Part of a dialog is trust, how can I trust an anonymous voice? How many voices are really ...more »

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Campaign: New Tools and Technologies

Cookies

Personalizing site content for users, enabling log term shopping carts and improving site usage are key to providing the public the best possible web experience and these functions are reliant on cookies and other technologies currently limited by various approval requirements. As a result, agencies may end up either forgoing the use, or they seek approval but may not seek to establish additional necessary controls to ...more »

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Provide Secure Portal/Dashboard to Government Sites

The Federal government should provide a one-stop portal through which to access all government websites with which the citizen does business, as opposed to those where you're just looking for information. For example, once you log into your personal dashboard, you could go to your Social Security account info, your IRS tax account, your passport file; for government employees your OPM account, your personnel info, your ...more »

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Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Time Lock Concept for Government Data

Many arguments about government programs, particularly national security-related programs, come down to a tradeoff between open government and (supposedly) national security concerns. I propose a "time lock" concept whereby if the government claims an issues is too sensitive to disclose for national security reasons, then the issue can be put in a figurative or literal "vault" to be released without question in a fixed ...more »

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Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Endorse creation of statutory Chief Privacy Officers for each Cabinet Level Agency

With the increased collection of, and reliance upon, personal information in agency decision making it is critical that a countervailing voice for privacy be established at the Deputy or Under Secretary level. The Department of Homeland Security, the only Federal agency with a Presidentially appointed Chief Privacy Officer, has the visibility and necessary access to levers of power to have one of the most effective privacy ...more »

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Campaign: Public-Private Partnerships

Get the government out of private business

That's right. Get out! The government's meddling in business directly lead to the housing bust and the credit crisis, thereby directly causing 2 of the big 3 automakers to go bust and be taken over by the government, which will now DICTATE how these "private" businesses operate. Get out! and you want to take over the healthcare industry, which is about 17% of our economy. Get OUT! We know this is about ...more »

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Campaign: Legal & Policy Challenges

Protecting Privacy

To ensure civic participation, privacy should be a top concern. Consumers expect the privacy and security of their data. And the government should not violate federal privacy, data security and wiretap laws well as corresponding rules applicable to government agencies. Numerous federal and state laws require government to maintain both the confidentiality and the protection of certain data, so IT solutions must be ...more »

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Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Promote Open Government and Protect Privacy

We have open government laws and privacy laws for the federal government. Individual privacy and government transparency are complementary ideals in a democratic society. Open government helps ensure transparency and enhance public participation. Privacy protections bolster public confidence in the government’s treatment of citizens. Citizens are better able to participate in government initiatives when they are certain ...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: 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: 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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