In 2008, Barack Obama released his “Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government,” which pledged the following:
My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.
“The core of the pledge was Mr. Obama’s belief that government should be three things: transparent, participatory, and collaborative. This “unprecedented level of openness” would change the way business was done in Washington, so went the saying. But what did those things mean? And what would such a government look like? How would it serve the people better than the old industrial-age model? Continue>>>