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White House ups the ante for a formal response

At least the White House  can count its We the People website, where citizens can let their collective voices be heard by the powers that be, a rousing success, but it turns out it’s a bit too easy to gather 25,000 signatures in the days of the Internet.

“When we first raised the threshold — from 5,000 to 25,000 — we called it ‘a good problem to have.’ Turns out that ‘good problem’ is only getting better, so we’re making another adjustment to ensure we’re able to continue to give the most popular ideas the time they deserve,” wrote White House Director of Digital Strategy Macon Phillips in a blog post.

(As if they would have had a problem getting 100K for the Death Star petition. Puh-lease.)

As Tom Cheredar at Venture Beat explained, though, that isn’t the only change coming down the line:

It also announced plans for an open API, released the source code for the petitioning tool, and invited engineers to reach out to them if they wanted to help.

As the old saying goes, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

Unless, of course, you have 99,999 likeminded friends. Then, they’ll see what they can do for you.

Full story at We the People Blog via Venture Beat.

Governing for the people, by the people.

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