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Message in a Time Capsule

What better way to reflect on the contributions to the web in an election year than by collecting the best e-democracy tools and events and putting them in one place? September 22 marks the third annual One Web Day, celebrating the Internet and the effort to bring more and more people broadband access.

Since this is an election year, e-democracy was the focus of the Washington, D.C. One Web Day team (including PBS Engage), which created a Time Capsule of the best political engagement tools made online in the past year. This features projects like Sunlight Foundation's Open Secrets, American Public Media's Budget Hero game, and a list of e-Democracy heroes, like Patricia Aufderheide and Wendy Seltzer.


Sunlight Foundation co-founder Ellen Miller showed a new tool called Capitol Words, which shows the most frequently said words on the Hill on any given day, and Public Markup, which just today posted the financial bailout bill and gave people the chance to comment on it.

"Access to technology is predictor of whether people 'make it' ," Sen. Barack Obama's technology policy advisor Alec Ross said at the Time Capsule event in Washington.

Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., added that "Democracy requires lots of communication from various resources and shouldn't be restrained by government. It's important for us to have a framework that doesn't constrain participation."

One Web Day includes events around the country and the world - from a public housing broadband project in San Francisco to a concert in Chicago, Ramadan e-cards in Tunisia, and a blogging contest in Bangalore.


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