New Tools and Technologies

Submitted by (@electronicprivacyinformationcenter)

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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Making Government Operations More Open

Submitted by (@porklife)

Open Software Standards Throughout Government.

All government computers should run open-source, free software licensed under GPL or similar and use universal, open standards for things like file formats. First, it's more secure and cost effective -- Linux/Unix viruses cannot spread the way those written for Windows do. Second, the software used and developed will be available to everyone for scrutiny, and public input can be given in improving that software. Third, ...more »

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Submitted by (@csipe0)

Rewire the US communications system

Use stimulus money to rewire the US for 'the Grid' (the new internet created by CERN) to upgrade our communication and commerce network and, again, create jobs. It is over 10,000 times faster than the web and eliminates many of the limitations of e-commerce today. Low-overhead, grassroots commerce is a bright future for business and consumers.

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Submitted by (@mkelly)

Make Wise Decisions Quickly

In order to be wise, a decision has to include the stakeholders in its outcome, combine expertise with local knowledge and be a synthesis of the inputs. This is really hard to swallow. Trial by combat is as embedded in human cultures and institutions as the struggle between our super-ego and id are embedded in our psyches. In a tense situation, seriously entertaining the other guy’s point of view, much less incorporating ...more »

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New Strategies and Techniques

Submitted by (@evan.mcgown)

Internet Voting to Replace Congress for Representation

The strategy of having elected Congress members to represent constituencies was applicable when we had such a spread out citizen population and no technology to get every voice heard. We now have the technology available to truly have a government by the people. We will of course need congress-people, but their and their staff's role will be merely to sort through people-generated ideas (like this website)and to formulate, ...more »

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New Tools and Technologies

Submitted by (@culturalengineer)

Chagora

There's a link between money, speech and the ability to participate. Political MicroDonation (under $1) with Electoral/Geographic Networking is vital for scaling representation. Especially in grassroots issue or legislative lobbying and for new candidates and ideas. It's the Power of Small Money, Large Numbers & Immediate Feedback! It's a fundamental of speech and association. (Chagora is NOT Monetized via any addition ...more »

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Submitted by (@bellevuedan)

Internet Fraud

Unplug from the internet, countries and internet providers who have a large amount of fraud, or computer viruses. At a minimum start with Nigeria and Ghanda. Require the countries/companies to demonstrate an ability and willingness to actively prosecute internet fraud. Since this would cut off internet access to legitimate businesses, you can certify legitimate businesses individually and turn them back on, either ...more »

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Robert's Rules of Order online

We desperately need Robert's Rule of Order* specifically adopted for online use so that important deliberative meetings now being held by government officials at a time and place certain, can be attended by the general public online regardless of where they happen to live and at any time. The key to direct participation in government by we, the people, is the adaptation of Robert's Rule of Order for use online. ...more »

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Making Data More Accessible

Submitted by (@gregvanderlaan)

Build a fiber optic cable from Eureka, California to The Dalles, Oregon.

Currently there is one fiber optic cable connecting Eureka to the Internet. When that is accidentally cut, business stops. No credit or debit card sales, no automatic inventory re-ordering. The cable fails about once a year. If we connected to the data centers in The Dalles we could continue to be in business. The telecom companies have already designed the system but are waiting for a "big player" to sign on to finance ...more »

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Public-Private Partnerships

Submitted by (@catlettaction)

Highway Wifi

The idea is simple, Use our existing highway infrastructure to create a network of seamless wifi hotspots. The Wifi routers and extenders could be easily mounted to existing overpass & highway signs. Allowing anyone on the highway or within a mile's range to be able to access highspeed wifi internet. I don't think it should be free. But access should be reasonably priced. Maybe $10/month. It could be a government ...more »

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