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How I would change Change.Gov, Pew survey on American’s great expectations for Obama online

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Every time I try to ramp up to tackle this post, I get struck by another by another, “oh, wow” when I visit Change.Gov. This week they have the Open for Questions experience (being discussed on our Consult@ group) and I just discovered their Seat at the Table option where groups can upload documents to [...]

MIT Center for Future Civic Media, State of Emergency in Pakistan and the Internet Analysis

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

The new Knight Foundation-funded MIT Center for Future Civic Media is out with a multi-editor blog. See:
The current post State of Emergency in Pakistan: An Analysis of Local Media provides an excellent review of efforts to make it around government censorship. Here is a clip:
On a positive note, the [...]

Building democracy online – E-Democracy.Org shares strategic plan, invites participation

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

I am busier than ever building democracy online.
As a DoWire member, you wouldn’t know that because I’ve been so light with Newswire posts.
With the support of my Ashoka Fellowship I am focused like a laser on building out E-Democracy.Org as a global “local” Internet-era democracy movement. This is fun. This is challenging. This will make [...]

UK MP says – Hitler would have loved e-petitioning!

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

A bit of e-democracy backlash in the UK as some MPs feel less relevant. My challenge to representatives and their institutions – compete online for the attention and engagement of citizens or you will lose most of your power.
You have to read this article (clip below):,,2029392,00.html
I’ve started a space [...]

What if a million people showed up? UK Prime Minister invites the public to e-petition him directly

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

The UK is a buzz about e-democracy … specifically, the e-petitions section on the Number 10 Downing Street website (the Prime Minister’s website).
The service, commissioned by that office and implemented/hosted by mySociety.Org (see the Guardian’s in-depth profile on founder Tom Steinberg from January) is generating some major heat. Meaning, it is working. It [...]

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