NYT Essay on Public Engagement Online

A recent essay in the New York Times highlights some of the pormise and challenge of online civic engagement in the United States. Entitled, “Athens on the ‘Net'”, essayist, Anand Giridharadas discusses some of the recent steps the Obamaa Administration has taken in increasing transparency and public engagement through the White House website.

Giridharadas allows that the participation efforts have been fraught with significant problems, but, quoting Clay Shirky, “Now that it is so important, it’s actually too important not to think through the constitutional and governance issues involved.”

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