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Obama Tech Plan Aims for Connected Democracy

NCDD member Beth Noveck wrote to us recently about the Obama Technology Plan, announced in mid November. In addition to taking a stand on such issues as net neutrality, media cross-ownership and patent reform, the plan contains an extensive proposal to create a “transparent and connected democracy” and includes a commitment to establish “pilot programs to open up government decision-making and involve the public in the work of agencies, not simply by soliciting opinions, but by tapping into the vast and distributed expertise of the American citizenry to help government make more informed decisions.” In addition, the Senator proposes to establish a CTO whose responsibilities would include implementation of the E-Government Act.

Beth blogged the key open government proposals here, where you can also find a copy of the plan in its entirety. http://cairns.typepad.com/blog/2007/11/barack-obama-un.html.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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