Sidewalks for Democracy Online
Steven Clift has written an essay outlining his wish-list for redesigning online democracy.
The central idea is:
I agree. You’re looking at something online and you don’t know if you’re alone in seeing it, if you’re alone in your view of it’s impact, you’re alone when you want to talk to someone about it.
Steven proposes that government website pages should have "limited public forums" so that people can meet on the "sidewalk" and discuss what they’ve be reading/doing. Why not ensure that every page has a comments feature? Make registration a requirement to help weed out the abuse, but let people talk about their government together.
It’s a great idea that needs a cultural change in government. Let’s start with DirectGov. Shouldn’t be a problem.