More Details on We The People

E-participation, Open Government

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 also picked up on the trust issues I had outlined in my previous post:

We know there are more questions out there. One common theme we’re hearing is distrust about how seriously the petitions will be reviewed and considered. That’s an understandable skepticism and one that is best addressed with action, so we invite everyone to judge for themselves once we’re up and running.

Making the effort to answer the skeptics and ensure that the participation process is transparent is certainly a good and necessary first step in building that trust. Nice work!

About the author: Tim Bonnemann is the founder, President and CEO of Intellitics, Inc., a digital engagement company based in San José, California (USA).

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