In general, connecting more citizens with their legislators and create more resources for Congress to understand where their constituents and tech community stands on proposed legislation is a good thing. Last year’s Congressional hearings on the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act made it pretty darn clear that many technologists felt that […]

On Monday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OK) introduced a proposal for a “Digital Bill of Rights” at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City. You can watch a video of their conversation with Personal Democracy Media publisher Andrew Rasiej below: Congressman Issa has posted the proposed Digital Bill of Rights […]

Euro #OpenGov resolution open for comment prior to introduction here wdopengov.co-ment.com/text/upry7mVYY… #opengov #opendata — Beth Simone Noveck (@bethnoveck) March 29, 2012 First VP of EP writes: We are asking for the cooperation of the citizens on #opengov resolution on her on.fb.me/HpO3r7 FB page — Beth Simone Noveck (@bethnoveck) March 29, 2012 Have ideas for improvement […]

Data from a new study on the use of Twitter by U.S. Senator and Representatives by public relations giant Edelman strongly suggests that the Grand Old Party has opened up a grand old lead in its use of the popular microblogging platform in just about every metric. On Twitter’s 6th birthday, there’s more political speech […]

Yesterday, the Office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VI) launched a new Facebook application, “Citizen Co-sponsor.” Rep. Cantor introduces it in the video below: Since its introduction, I’ve been mulling over what to write about the new app. Here’s what I’ve read to date: First, excellent reporting from TechPresident, where Sara Lai Stirland writes […]

If the town square now includes public discourse online, democratic governments in the 21st century are finding that part of civic life now includes listening there. Given what we’ve seen in this young century, how governments deal with social media is now part of how they deal with civil liberties, press freedom, privacy and freedom […]

After years of wrangling about online privacy in Washington, the White House has unveiled a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. A coalition of Internet giants, including Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL, have committed to adopt “Do Not Track technology” in most Web browsers by the end of 2012. These companies, which deliver almost 90 percent […]

While Chief Justice John Roberts may assert with considerable “justice” that the Supreme Court of the United States is the most transparent part of government, the fact remains that hearings are not televised on CSPAN nor on a .gov website. This week, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-7 to send a short bill on […]

Visualizing the size of the @USCode by title. 22 million words, about half are statutory notes, Title 42 is huge. #LDTC twitter.com/harlanyu/statu… — Harlan Yu (@harlanyu) February 2, 2012 The Office of the Law Revision Counsel in the United States of House of Representatives has launched a new beta site for the U.S. Code.

The C-SPAN coverage of the resignation of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and tributes to her in the United States House of Representatives included something new: the House-controlled cameras provided an unusual display of extra TV camera shots in the House chamber, including the Giffords family in the House gallery. In general, the viewing public does […]

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