White House launches open government new media blitz

The White House launched the Open Government Initiative, an effort that encourages Americans to provide ideas about transparency and policy to the US...

The White House launched the Open Government Initiative, an effort that encourages Americans to provide ideas about transparency and policy to the US government through the Web, on May 21.

To start, the three-phase program is encouraging Americans to share ways they think can help the government become more transparent. On June 3, a discussion period will begin and on June 15, participants can help craft proposals about transparency generated from the brainstorming and discussion phases.

A White House statement said that "the goal is to experiment with mechanisms for effective citizen participation in order to complement the know-how of government employees with the knowledge and expertise of the American people."

Three other major new media initiatives that have to do with government transparency were launched this week, as well:

- www.data.gov, which provides access to the US Federal Executive Branch datasets

- www.regulations.gov/exchange, which asks Americans to provide their opinions about improving citizen participation

- www.youtube.com/usgovernment, which provides insider videos for federal organizations, like the White House, the State Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

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