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Among a number of articles ...


Power to the people
A pervasive web will increase demands for direct democracy

Through a glass darkly
The biggest decisions about the internet's future will be political
and social, not technological
(see right column for additional articles)

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Also interesting:

Web of trust
If you like surfing the web, it is probably because you believe
people are basically good
Sep 19th 2002
>From The Economist print edition

Also, here is more coverage on Regulations.Gov:

A juicy quotes:

“The intent is to change the world—let democracy see what’s in
government and get involved easily,” said Mark Forman, OMB associate
director for IT and e-government. “This is clearly a positive step in
that direction.”


"It's not nirvana, but it's an enormous step in the right direction,"
says Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet and American Life
Project, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit group that researches the
cultural impact of the Internet.

"The distance between Washington and the rest of the country has been
shrinking for almost two centuries, and this shrinks it almost to


"We hope it will get swamped, so we built in excess capacity for
that," Forman says. "To be honest, some people in the agencies did
say they feared getting electronic comment, but the law is very clear
and the president is very clear; this is the people's government."


"[Regulations.gov] is an important first step in making it easier and
cheaper to allow citizens to have relevant and timely input in the
regulations that affect their lives," said Linda Fisher, EPA's deputy

"E-rulemaking aims to make rulemaking more transparent and more
accessible to citizens," said Mark Forman, associate director for IT
and e-government at OMB.

P.S. Rhode Island has an e-mail system to notify people about new
rules:  http://www.rules.state.ri.us/rules/  and Virginia has the
mother of all government regulatory portals:

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