Re: [OVC-discuss] Fwd: Open for Questions

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Tue Dec 30 2008 - 19:49:41 CST

Ed Cherlin wrote,

> Change.gov, the official Obama transition Web site (unlike
> change.org), is now ready to take our suggestions and our votes. Let's
> support Open Voting there.
>
I agree, and I encourage people to hit change.gov with open voting messages.
Still, there is a deadline of tomorrow midnight for the voting at
change.org. I think they're both important.

As for change.org ... as I write this, we have opened up a 45 vote lead over
3rd place and sit only 64 votes from first. We should make it to the next
round and do well.

Here's one of the things I've noticed about the leading ideas on change.org:
they hardly qualify as "ideas" and many are not really actionable. For
example, in our category the other top three are Interactive Government,
Limit Media Consolidation, and Support network neutrality legislation.

>From this page on change.gov
http://change.gov/agenda/technology_agenda/

we find,
[net neutrality]
"Protect the Openness of the Internet: Support the principle of network
neutrality to preserve the benefits of open competition on the Internet."

[limit media consolidation]
"Encourage Diversity in Media Ownership: Encourage diversity in the
ownership of broadcast media, promote the development of new media outlets
for expression of diverse viewpoints, and clarify the public interest
obligations of broadcasters who occupy the nation's spectrum. "

[Interactive government]
"Bring Government into the 21st Century: Use technology to reform government
and improve the exchange of information between the federal government and
citizens while ensuring the security of our networks. Appoint the nation's
first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to ensure the safety of our networks
and lead an interagency effort, working with chief technology and chief
information officers of each of the federal agencies, to ensure that they
use best-in-class technologies and share best practices."

So, Obama seems explicitly onboard with these "ideas" already. Should we
also vote that water should flow downhill?

But there are two pieces to the change.org concept. 1) the grassroots
organizations behind change dot org are pledging to get behind the Top
Ideas, and 2) the influence on the Obama administration as they see the
things emerging from the process. The OVC idea can benefit from both of
these factors. The other ideas are not likely to have much impact on Obama
since he is already on record supporting them.

Other popular ideas on change.org are just not likely to have much sway with
Obama. Legalize Marijuana has more votes than any on change.org -- and it's
hardly an original idea. Disinvite Rick Warren? Personally, I am disgusted
to see any prominence given to Rick Warren. However, it doesn't matter if
10 million people on change.org say disinvite Rick Warren. Politically,
it's impossible.

So, I think open voting has a chance to play very well on change.org because
the other "ideas" don't represent much of anything in the way of new ideas,
or are not actionable for a variety of political reasons, or are things with
which that Obama is already on board.

Alan D.

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