Monthly Archives: September 2011

29 09, 2011

We The People: Adoption Metrics At One Week

By | September 29th, 2011|Open Government|6 Comments

Update 09/29 at 2.18pm: According to this tweet from Macon Phillips, there have been "500k signatures from 300k ppl on 6500 petitions." In the post below, I forgot to mention that petitions must gain 150 signatures before they can be included in the public listing. I've updated the post accordingly. The White House e-petition site [...]

28 09, 2011

Open Government Partnership: More Geo-Political Context

By | September 28th, 2011|Open Government|0 Comments

A couple of months ago, I pointed to Greg Michener's article in the Christian Science Monitor that proposed the Open Government Partnership (OGP) “could provide the US another means to promote democracy and free trade”. Today, David Eaves expands nicely on this angle: The Geopolitics of the Open Government Partnership: the beginning of Open vs. [...]

23 09, 2011

We The People: First Look II

By | September 23rd, 2011|E-participation|1 Comment

Yesterday's first look at We the People was cut short since the site was experiencing performance or maintenance issues. Today, it's back online again. Time to continue our review. First, a few screenshots: More first impressions: Petition detail pages use infinite scrolling to expose list of people who have signed the petition (infinite scrolling allows users to [...]

22 09, 2011

We The People: First Look

By | September 22nd, 2011|Open Government|2 Comments

Moments ago, the White House unveiled their new online petition service, We The People: We The People is Live! Welcome to We the People on This tool provides you with a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. If a petition gets enough [...]

21 09, 2011

Back from the Dead? ExpertNet Makes U.S. National Plan

By | September 21st, 2011|Open Government|1 Comment

As I mentioned earlier, I was a little surprised to see ExpertNet make the U.S. National Plan. The ExpertNet RFI online consultation was inconclusive, to put it nicely, with many key questions left unanswered. There was no formal closure or follow-up, so we don't know what input was considered, if any. Whatever it is that will be [...]

21 09, 2011

Open Government Partnership: Public Participation in the US National Plan

By | September 21st, 2011|Open Government|4 Comments

Yesterday saw the much-anticipated launch of the Open Government Partnership, including the unveiling of the United States Open Governnment National Action Plan (PDF). Just like we did when the Open Government Directive was announced a little less than two years ago, let's take a look at what the US National Plan has in store with [...]

15 09, 2011

More Details on We The People

By | September 15th, 2011|E-participation, Open Government|0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a few questions related to the public participation aspects of the new We The People e-petition site. Earlier today, the White House went into some detail answering all six of them: What the People Want to Know About We the People In the same post, White House Director of New Media Macon Phillips [...]

6 09, 2011

White House Petitions: A Small Sample of Popular Feedback

By | September 6th, 2011|E-participation, Facilitation|2 Comments

The newly-announced We The People e-petition initiative by the White House has been getting a lot of coverage (for example, see here, here, here, here, here). I spent Saturday reading through comment threads on various sites to look for additional feedback, criticisms and concerns related to the public participation process, some of which I'm listing [...]

6 09, 2011

Top Posts August 2011

By | September 6th, 2011|About|0 Comments

August turned out to be unexpectedly quiet. Here are the three most popular posts (all from the archives): What Is Public Participation? What Is Public Participation? New York Times Budget Puzzle Here's to a more productive September! Maybe there's a few interesting tidbits to report back from Germany.

5 09, 2011

Germany Visit: September 7-27, 2011

By | September 5th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I'll be visiting the Old Continent once again, September 7-27, 2011. As usual, I'll be staying near Cologne, Germany. Let me know if you'd like to meet up. If you're aware of any cool events related to e-participation that are happening in the greater area during that time, please let me know as well. If you're curious what we've [...]