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Open House Report Drops Today

May 8, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

After months of online collaboration — wikiing, blogging, and list-serving — The Open House Project released its report to members of the House today. From a release coinciding with this morning’s press conference on the Hill:

>“Americans are communicating with each other in a ‘Web 2.0′ dynamic environment, but Congress is restricted in its online activities by outdated rules implemented when the Web first launched over 10 years ago,” said Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation. “The Open House Project convened a diverse, bipartisan group of experts to help open the proceedings of the House of Representatives so it can be the transparent, open-source kind of legislature appropriate for the 21st century.”
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>A project of the Sunlight Foundation – the Open House Project – is a collaborative effort by government and legislative information experts, congressional staff, non-profit organizers and bloggers to study how the House of Representatives currently integrates the Internet into its operations, and to suggest attainable reforms to promote public access to its work and members.

The full report can be downloaded here , or a brief overview of the ten principal reforms recommended by the report can be selected from the right-hand sidebar of the Open House Project website.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this outstanding project! It is work like this that is needed to truly make this “the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history.”

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