The most exciting part comes after a bit of unnecessary Bush-slamming, when Obama promises:
An Obama presidency will use cutting-edge technologies to reverse this dynamic, creating a new level of transparency, accountability and participation for America’s citizens. Technology-enabled citizen participation has already produced ideas driving Obama’s campaign and its vision for how technology can help connect government to its citizens and engage citizens in a democracy. Barack Obama will use the most current technological tools available to make government less beholden to special interest groups and lobbyists and promote citizen participation in government decision-making.He then goes on to describe some pretty detailed ideas on how to make this possible, including:
- Making government data available online to allow citizens to use it as they see fit
- Instituting a web site and search engine to enable citizens to track federal grants, contracts, earmarks and lobbyist contracts with government officials
- Opportunity to review and comment on legislation via the White House website for five days for all non-emergency legislation
- Requiring Cabinet-level officials to have periodic national online town hall meetings
- Using blogs, wikis and social networking
What would it mean to you to have open government? Do you think Obama's plan will bring any real change?