Obama re-releases transparency tool (with links!)
by Dracomicron, Tue Dec 30, 2008 at 06:33:22 AM EST
Before we go into examples with links, I'd like to thank MumbaiBurns for his initial exploratory diary on the subject. I understand that he had some trouble understanding the internet, so I'm trying to help out.
Here's the mission statement from the Open for Questions site. They obviously learned a few things their first time through after the election. Fast work, I'd say.
During this brief transition period, we've rolled out important new tools to let users interact with our team in a transparent and meaningful way.
Our first run of Open for Questions was one such feature, with nearly 1,000,000 votes cast on questions from the Change.gov community.
In this round, you can still view all of the questions that have been submitted--or you can break down the questions by category for easier navigation. For instance, you can read the top-ranking question regarding Energy and the Environment and browse through other questions on the same topic by clicking on that issue.
We think this change is valuable. It serves the other key purpose of features like Open for Questions: making your input easy to pass on to the members of our Transition team that are crafting solutions to these vital issues right now.
Just as a few examples to give you the idea of what questions rise to the top in this system (which seems to use a similar rating system to what we use here at MyDD):
"I'm concerned about the banks who received tax payers money and have had no accountability. Will this be corrected after President elect Obaham is in office?"
Dorothy, Tuscon, AZ
"Will President Obama eliminate domestic warrantless wiretapping of US citizens by modifying the "Terrorist Surveillance Program" (TSP)? Is the Fourth Amendment going to be restored, or weakened further by the Obama Administration?" Dave D, Santa Clara, CA
"You've stated during your campaign that you don't support marriage rights for GLBT citizens. How will you ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans have rights equal to those of married couples?" Al, Austin, TX
Looks like the people, on the whole, have a pretty good idea of what's really important, and it seems like Obama has a great handle on how to listen.
Great work, Team Obama (and a little credit to MumbaiBurns as well for drawing attention to the need for a good diary on this subject)!