Saturday, October 10, 2009

Rep. Honda embraces 'crowd-sourcing'

Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) launched what he calls the first crowd-sourced federal government website, designed to help citizens more easily reach and give advice and feedback to members of Congress. “Congress must take advantage of Web 2.0 technologies and transform the relationship between citizens and government,” Honda said. “Instead of viewing the public as a customer, I believe that we should empower citizens to become our partners in shaping the future of our nation.”
The site,, showcases a design submitted by one of his constituents. Using a “crowd-sourced” model, Honda invited people to submit Web designs. The winner was chosen by constituents in his district. The crowd-sourcing concept is a key component to the Government 2.0 movement, which uses participatory websites to improve governing methods. Beth Noveck, a deputy chief technology officer in the White House, has used the same model to gather citizen input for how the government should become more transparent.
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