City-Scale E-Democracy Tasks

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There are 19,354 incorporated places and 19,429 municipal governments in the United States. About 10% of Americans reside in the 25 most populous cities. About 10% of Americans reside in the more than 80% of American cities, the more than 15,483 American cities, with fewer than 10,000 people each. Both large cities and small cities are important to consider.

The Synergy between Business Collaboration and E-Democratic Collaboration Scenarios

Collaboration software enhances the performance and productivity of arbitrarily large organizations. Users of collaboration software can envision and discuss its applicability to e-democratic processes and its facilitation of civic participation in the performance of some of the ordinary processes of city governance.

We can consider models of business collaboration scenarios as well as models of e-democratic collaboration scenarios. The two scenarios create value for one another. Current and new features for business collaboration scenarios provide value for e-democracy scenarios; ideas for new e-democracy features provide value for business collaboration scenarios.

Tasks include reviewing current or upcoming collaboration software, office software, or videos about such software, while mindful of e-democracy scenarios. Tasks include brainstorming new features for e-democracy scenarios.

Accolades for Civic Participation

Participation in democratic processes is time-consuming, potentially requiring hours per week or month, involves reading documents, viewing multimedia and participating in group discussions. Some might describe civic participation as volunteer work after 5 p.m.

Social media platforms can strengthen and expand e-democratic processes. Cities can utilize incentivization and validation systems such as integration with professional social networking websites (i.e. LinkedIn) to indicate and to acknowledge excellence of civic participation. New portions of professional social network profiles can be envisioned for civic participation. It could be as easy for users as selecting a checkbox, authenticating across services and configuring the connection between services to synchronize portions of their professional social networking profiles to showcase their accumulating accolades from civic participation. Social media platforms can connect to and synchronize with the collaboration software infrastructures of cities or systems that interconnect the infrastructures of multiple cities to convenience citizens as they move between cities.

A shared, nationwide, system of accolades can convenience human resources departments in their processing of accolades for their various organizational purposes. Tasks include formulating such systems of accolades.

Educational Technology and the Well-informed Citizenry

Technology and techniques of e-learning, courseware, informational video production, educational or informational documentary production, the production, indexing, search and retrieval of such multimedia, could be of use for e-democracy scenarios.

Technological Ideas

Operating Systems Support

Operating systems or platform software services can perform service discovery, based upon users' geographical locations, location awareness, or user settings. A number of city-based services can provide functionality for platform API's, platform services, and interprocess communication.

Calendar Synchronization

The calendar apps that ship with major operating systems can provide settings for users to easily and conveniently synchronize their calendars to indicate dynamic city or regional civics events. There could be subcategories of events in the civics category of events. Citizens could, by toggling a calendar app setting, become well-informed about various opportunities to participate and to contribute.

Modern Bureaucratic Processes

We can look to successes in modern governance while creating value for cities.