From E-Gov to Connected Governance | New Concepts and Practices for Connectred Governance 11
What style of government for Obama?
Connect and empower all Americans through technology and innovation.
• Make government data available online in universally • Restore the basic principle that government decisions
accessible formats to allow citizens to make use of that should be based on the best-available, scientiﬁcally-valid
data to comment, derive value, and take action in their evidence and not on the ideological predispositions of
own communities. For example, help citizens learn about agency ofﬁcials.
pollution in their communities, provide information about
• Lift the veil from secret deals in Washington with a web
local conditions back to government and empower people
site, a search engine, and other web tools that enable
to protect themselves.
citizens easily to track online federal grants, contracts,
• Establish pilot programs to open up government decision- earmarks, and lobbyist contacts with government ofﬁcials.
making and involve the public in the work of agencies, not
• Give the American public an opportunity to review and
simply by soliciting opinions, but by tapping into the vast
comment on the White House website for ﬁve days before
and distributed expertise of the American citizenry to help
signing any non-emergency legislation.
government make more informed decisions.
• Bring democracy and policy deliberations directly to the
• Require appointees who lead Executive Branch people by requiring Cabinet ofﬁcials to have periodic
departments and rulemaking agencies to conduct the
national online town hall meetings to answer questions
signiﬁcant business of the agency in public, so that any
and discuss issues before their agencies.
citizen can watch a live feed on the Internet as the
• Employ technologies, including blogs, wikis and social
agencies debate and deliberate the issues that affect
networking tools, to modernize internal, cross-agency,
American society. Ensure these proceedings are archived
and public communication and information sharing to
for all Americans to review, discuss and respond. Require
appointees to employ all the technological tools available improve government decision-making.
to allow citizens not just to observe, but also to participate
and be heard in these meetings.
Source: Barack Obama: Connecting and Empowering all Americans through Technology and Innovation, November, 2007