I was recently contacted by the Pioneer Institute and asked if I would be willing to help promote the "Ultimate Citizen Award". What's the "Ultimate Citizen Award"? Well I would urge you to visit Fall River Blog to get the full details, but in a nutshell it's a competition to hear the ideas and opinions about how government can be made more accountable and more transparent by the use of technology.
After reading their email and visiting their website I knew it was something that I not only wanted to help promote but also to participate in. The competition runs through June 15th and basically is looking for me to get YOUR responses to 3 questions:
· What government information do you think people should have access to?
· In what format do you think this information should be delivered in?
· How do you think technology can be used to make government more transparent and accountable to citizens?
Now the reason I decided to participate in this and ask you to share your thoughts is because this is a topic that I've discussed with readers, fellow bloggers, friends, and local politicians. We all think government should be more accountable. But for that to happen people need to understand what's going on. It makes sense that the more accessible government is the more transparent and accountable it becomes.
A few hours ago I mentioned this post and this contest to somebody and they immediately threw out an idea that I had never thought of, yet it was an idea that would certainly promote participation and make government more accessible. And with today's technology it was not only doable but affordable! And I know amongst all of you, there are probably hundreds of other good ideas just waiting to be expressed. So please read the questions above and I hope you'll participate.