Obama's Asking Geeks for Help

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Busy this weekend? President Barack Obama and his IT staff are asking for ideas through June 3 to help make government more open.

The call for ideas first went out on May 21. So far, there's 1171. People can vote thumbs up or thumbs down on the ideas.

"Then on June 3rd, the most compelling ideas from the brainstorming will be fleshed out on a weblog in a discussion phase," said Vivek Kundra, Chief Information Officer, and Beth Noveck, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government, on the White House blog. "On June 15th, we will invite you to use a wiki to draft recommendations in collaborative fashion."

The ideas fall into a number of categories, including transparency, participation, collaboration, capacity building, legal and policy challenges, and "uncategorized."

Thus far, the most successful idea, with 728 votes, reportedly comes from House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, and calls for a 72-hour mandatory minimum public review period on all major spending bills brought before Congress.

The least successful idea, with -59 votes, calls for all soldiers to be brought back from other countries and used to guard the U.S. border from illegal immigrants.

It's also possible to see what other ideas individual users have voted positively or negatively.

jlbraaten 0 Newbie Poster

I think it's great that we're trying to find smarter ways to do things with technology.

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