The Financial Times Article (Obama weighs putting the wisdom of crowds to work, Dec. 8, 2008) discusses "technologies and ideas behind participative government" and the expectation on President-elect Barack Obama to "embed a degree of internet-age transparency and interactivity into government".
The article notes Peer to Patent is the "ground-breaking project at the US Patent and Trademark Office as a possible model".
"The Obama campaign has suggested ways to extend this idea, for example by inviting people to submit information about local environmental conditions to help federal agencies build up a more complete picture.
Using the internet so that ordinary people can “gather and analyse information” could change the way many government decisions are made, particularly in obscure or specialist areas, according to a paper by Beth Noveck, a New York Law School professor and Obama adviser."
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