(@dcastro)

Making Data More Accessible

Make Government Web Site Usage Statistics Public

The government should create a standard front-end to allow citizens to see federal government web site usage data. Putting this data online would provide more transparency on public spending. For example, popular websites would likely be more deserving of continued support, whereas unused websites might be properly targeted to cut funds. A good interface to this data might also help citizens find interesting or useful... more »

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90 votes
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Making Government Operations More Open

Require all Federal Government meetings that are subject to the Open Meetings Laws to be Webcast online.

Board meetings are where some of the most important decisions are made by our government. Allow the American people access to the decision making process by requiring all of these meetings to be webcast on the Internet both live and on-demand. The Governor of New York State pioneered this initiative in 2007 when he required all State agencies and authorities to webcast their meetings (Executive Order 3). It's been... more »

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337 votes
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Communications Strategies

Do this again - but with better communication

Problem: Minimal advance public notice of Open Government Dialogue and the brief period allowed for comments mean that many Americans will be precluded from participating. Proposed solution: To get the full benefit of citizens' experiences, wisdom and ingenuity, Open Government Dialogue should be repeated - next time with plenty of public notice and a generous response time - at least as much as provided under standard... more »

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48 votes
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(@lminikes)

New Tools and Technologies

Expand Citizen Engagement by Making Government Websites Mobile Platform-Ready

As mobile phones continue to become more sophisticated, a greater percentage of our population will be using the mobile platform to access government information via the Internet.

 

Websites such as Wikipedia automatically detect and format information for the mobile platform. In the interests of greater accessibility, collaboration and open government all Federal Government websites should be mobile-compatible.

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18 votes
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(@jasonnichols)

New Strategies and Techniques

Break down the barriers to Open Government positively, collaboratively, and proactively

Open government requires transformation – it must happen. However, the nature of government is to resist transformation. Therefore, the irresistible force of transformation WILL meet the immovable object of bureaucracy and resistance. If this collision is not anticipated and proactively addressed, the benefits of Open Government will be delayed, taxpayer money will be wasted, and high-profile failures will be used... more »

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12 votes
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(@nanditap)

Making Data More Accessible

Open Government Data Initiative using Innovative Technology

Summary Technology advancements like social computing and cloud computing are at the very center of making the goals of a transparent, participatory and collaborative government a reality. In this environment where government transparency is in increasing demand, many government agencies publish raw data for download from their web sites. This is essential but not enough. Making that data easily accessible and queriable... more »

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33 votes
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(@alexandermoll)

New Strategies and Techniques

Develop and introduce the USA Public Freedom Act

THE USA PUBLIC FREEDOM ACT Expanding and Improving Domestic and International Collaborative Governance Opportunities for All Americans A Proposal Summary Since the 1600s, U.S. citizens and Europeans have held a shared value fundamental to our democratic heritage, of what we once called, public freedom. In the U.S. and French tradition of the eighteenth century, the idea contrasted with individual or private freedom.... more »

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18 votes
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(@andrew2)

Making Government Operations More Open

Time to update the Freedom of Information Act

The government's own statistics and various studies from the National Security Archive and others have shown the massive delays in processing FOIA requests. Drafting and application of FOIA exemption claims and classification policy has been demonstrated to depend too heavily on the attitude of the particular administration towards openness. Governments frequently confuse what they perceive to be the interest of the... more »

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97 votes
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(@longshot9999)

New Strategies and Techniques

There's a conceptual flaw in this process

The goal of having the most popular ideas bubble up to the surface for discussion in the next phase is a good one, but ideas that generate a huge amount of voting could sink to the bottom the way the votes are logged now. If half a million people like an idea and half a million don't then it will show up with zero votes on the balance. Personally I'd like to see the total number of votes displayed too so these ideas... more »

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37 votes
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(@davidmanheim)

Records Management

Standardized data format for all government spending

Every dollar allocated by the federal government, stating Jan 1, 2012, must be accounted for using an open standardized data format to be developed and finalized by November 1, 2010. All federal and state agencies must be given usable tools to implement the formats, and all states should be encouraged to use them in their own budgeting process. (This may be an extension of the formats currently being developed and used... more »

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42 votes
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(@longshot9999)

Public-Private Partnerships

Survey

I guess I misunderstood the purpose of this site so I only have myself to blame for feeling more depressed than excited about my experience. Depression translates into less participation of course. It would be interesting to take a survey to find out how each participant - i.e. did this experience increase or decrease the feeling that they were really participating in a dialogue that would be read by the President.... more »

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(@tim0006)

Making Government Operations More Open

Spend a portion of your time acting on your issue.

As Americans we need to work together to find solutions together. The way to make our world better is to cast off the condemnation of the system and our leaders and provide them with our ideas and expectations. We can feel that we have been abandoned by them but in reality we as the public have abandoned our desire to be involved and to find a way to influence their actions on our behalf. To make this easier there... more »

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(@sobi00)

Do-It-Yourself Government

Where is Participatory? Where is Collaboration?

Who decided that this website was a proper exercise of Obama's memo? It isn't. Like it or not, demanding accountability from government is a proper use of a public forum. The fault lies with NAPA, not those who demand the birth certificate. (I am not one of those) The most minimal effort in design of this website could have saved it. There was no genuine support for the idea behind Obama's memo. The discussion... more »

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(@sobi00)

Do-It-Yourself Government

Chilling Open Government -- Method One

The OSTP Blog demands full names on the internet. This is a known security risk, and an improper request. The public is not sitting behind federal security guards. Politics is a volatile issue, it is simply unwise to put a genuine name out there. Yes, we could lie, but it weakens our credibility to demand open and honest government when we are compelled to begin with a lie. That is a setup. It isn't an accidental... more »

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