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Recovery.gov, or a way to track taxpayer’s dollars

The US Government has launched a new website, Recovery.gov so that the people can follow how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds are invested.

The site is set to include information about the evolution of the Act, together with tools to help citizens hold the government accountable.

One of the most relevant aspects of the website has to do with transparency and accountability, something especially relevant these days. There is also a section where people can share their story, and how the Act is affecting them.

United Minds, direct democracy in Ireland

Trying to make direct democracy something real is not easy. But Ross O’Mullane, from Dublin, Ireland has an idea. He has recently launched United Minds, a new website that proposes to use technology to make government more efficient.

The idea is to create a new system of representation in government, one that relies on the new digital technologies.

This is how it works. There is an Internet based forum, where citizens are invited to debate all issues relating to their lives. Issues in the forum have been broken down by government department.

Based on the debates that take place, a weekly list of … Continue Reading