New Tools and Technologies

Centralize petitions to Congress and the President

I worked as an intern in the House of Representatives and what astonished me the most was the outdated system we use for alerting representatives to the problems faced by the American people. Every day, each member of Congress receives hundreds of letters, some through e-mail, some handwritten, asking for a response to a very small number of issues. Most of these issues demand collaboration between many members of Congress. Wouldn't it be more efficient for citizens to demand change collectively, through the Internet? The British government already has a website like this at There, the Prime Minister can respond to petitions voted on by thousands of people. Obama has already done something like this by soliciting questions for his open dialogues--why not expand this tool to all of government?



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Idea No. 19