The Commission on Presidential Debates' "The Voice Of…" Internet initiative, touted by the CPD as providing "unprecedented access for citizens to participate in [the national] conversation" with the bannered support of AOL, Google and Yahoo!, is essentially a dud. An estimated 67 million Americans watched the first Obama-Romney presidential debate last week, while just 2,792 people have bothered to share their views about the top issues facing the country on the online platform built by the commission so members of the public could "share their voice." In an interview with me on Monday morning, CPD national co-chair Mike McCurry explained that
Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, solicits ideas from the crowd. Photo: Sarah Lai Stirland As politicos ratchet up the election-year rhetoric over the role of the government on the campaign trail, a small group of White House staffers and volunteers from the technology community are quietly getting down to the brass tacks: They’re engaging in what amounts to a national tour to crowdsource outside-the-Beltway talent in the ongoing quest to make impenetrable government processes more accessible. “One of our primary goals here today is to get your help,” Todd Park, the nation’s chief technology officer, told a beer hall-sized
Alexander B. Howard is Radar's Government 2.0 Correspondent for O’Reilly Media, where he reports on technology, open government and online civics.
The White House blog is hosting a post that designates June 1-2 for a National Day of Civic Hacking. GO Over the past decade, mobile tech has grown into a dominant force in journalism, activism, and revolution across the globe. Yet one organization is going lo-tech to get information in the hands of the people – by transforming basic cellular phones into e-readers loaded with news that might be otherwise censored by the government. GO When a record-breaking flooding event struck the eastern states of Australia in December and January of 2010-2011, Twitter users took to their
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