The League of Technical Voters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to motivating and assisting technical experts to improve lawmaking and governmental process
The winners of the Microsoft PhizzPop Design Challenge, Cynergy, present their "Ben" software solution. Be informed, be involved is the mission -- to get people connected and active, participating in democracy, balancing viewpoints, and rewriting spin. Ends with a live demonstration of calling Senator Barack Obama from a Silverlight application running within Facebook. Filmed at SXSW 2008 at Maggie Mae's.
Eddie Codel (Geek Entertainment TV) interviews Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, about LoTV's Transparent Federal Budget Project. Topics include issues of open social networks, community, reputation, personas, openness, setting aside traditional political divisions, and other issues that have to do with making transparent government a reality.
Silona Bonewald of the League of Technical Voters interviews Brian Behlendorf (founding member of Apache group, Mozilla developer, currently of CollabNet) about open source social networks and the challenges of developing a healthy, engaged, online community.
In part 3 of a 3 part series on the Illuminated Federal Budget Project, Edwin Wise lays out the importance of the "Connect the Dots" software tool -- a means of creating associative links between data, combined with user tagging and filters -- that makes up the third key feature of the project.