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Issue links #

Issue: Election reform-- Are their better ways to elect our representatives?

Issue: Federal Budget --How much money should the Government distribute and how it should be distributed.

Public Agenda [on the Budget] -- A good, seemingly objective resource on many issues.

Source sites


Issue: Digital policy-- How should the access to Digital media be encouraged while protecting the rights of the Copyright holders and the infrastructure profits.

Issue: Copyright (Intellectual property) -- Protecting Content providers while preserving the Right to Fair Use


Issue: Internet Policy -- How should we control the access and content on the Internet

None so far

Issue: Internet Radio -- How should the streaming Internet radio sited be charged and controlled

Issue: Law -- How the laws of the United states are effected by international treaties (or should be made?)

Political Parties:

Candidates with positions on Digital Access

Issues on Digital Access:

Opinion Groups: #

Think Tanks #

Left (Liberal) -- Citations 2003 Centrist, Citations 2003 Right (Conservative) -- Citations 2003
. 1) Brookings Institution -- 4,784
. 3) Heritage Foundation -- 3,141
. 8) Urban Institute (center) 892
. 6) Cato Institute (libertarian) -- 1,873
. 8) RAND Corporation (center) -- 1,066
19) Carter Center -- 458
25) Aspen Institute -- 301
22) Hudson Institute -- 397
3,896 -- 13%
11,605 -- 39%
13989 -- 47%


Political sites

Candidate rating sites # (also see Quizs)


Resources: #

Current Issues and Enduring Questions :
A Guide to Critical Thinking and Argument with Readings
(Amazon order $55. 95 new, $4.00 - $18.00 used)

Bill, Government Information #

Data sites #

(Political) Fact Checking sites #

Internet Audio/Video sites, e.g. Webcasts, # (Comment area to add sites)

Videos # (also see: Internet Audio/Video sites)

Internet, Media logs (Blogs)

Freedom of Information: # ( National FOI Coalition joins First Amendment and open government organizations from individual states in a self-supporting alliance as they seek to protect the public's right to know -- [Members] )


Online Petitions/Polls (e.g. DMOZ Online Issues Polls) #

Polling: #

Statistical Literacy (Links) (More Damned Lies and Statistics: How Numbers Confuse Public Issues by Joel Best)

Other WeMatter links #

Charts and Graphs ... # -- Dynamic charts, generated on the fly

Economic sites ... #

Quiz's # (also see: Candidate rating)

WebSite ratings #

Ratings and discussion: # (See: Open Source Democracy for similar sites to WeMatter.com)

Liberal affars, debate club (archive) brings together a pair of experts to discuss a pressing legal question. In daily exchanges, they develop arguments, test ideas, and shape opinions.

NewsBatch: summarizes key policy topics and illustrating this information with easy to read charts and maps. (Topics as of Apr 20, 2002)

National Political Index: provides an index of substantive political information for voters, political activists, political consultants, lobbyists, politicians, academicians, and media editors with a wide range of products, information, services, simulations, games, and polling in an interactive communications environment.

OpenDemocracy.net is an online global magazine of politics and culture. We publish clarifying debates which help people make up their own minds.

Public Agenda" “nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization based in New York City. It was founded in 1975 by social scientist and author Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance.” {About}(Topics as of Apr 20, 2002)

Us-Election.org -- for bringing increased visibility to the American political process for people around the world.

Vote.com -- “Fully interactive web site designed to give Internet users a voice on important public issues and other topics” {See} Note: The site Emails you opinions/poll results to the representatives, was discussed in Dick Morris’s 1999 book – I commented on the site’s limitations:

Collaborative books #-- A major concept is to publish a book and then allow users to access the material on line and "discuss" it. -- My theory is that, in addition to contributing to the GOOD, this is also a way to advertize the book and the loss of sales by people who access it on line is compensated for by the additional sales of people who feel that reading the book is worth the cost. ( E-books spur sales: Herald Tribune, AUGUST 6, 2005 )

(See:"gplcc , Yahoo search for CC content )

Un-classified But interesting? #

Google verification

Note: www.townmeeing.com is used by vote.com,a similar site to this one, Please jump over there, as to others, and support them and feed back any suggestions.

Note: As with all sites , this site is under construction On the other hand at this time I consider it only a design site so that any links are missing, Graphics are missing etc. This is discussed in the TBD section

Note: There is a site, NetAction, that has helped activists learn to use the Internet for organizing, outreach, and advocacy. Their Training material gives a short discussion of how how to be active on the Internet.

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April 25, 2004 18:46