An article in National Journal‘s Tech Daily Dose says that Congress receives 1 million e-mails per day and that the volume is constantly increasing.
- E-Mail Surge Forces Hill IT To Keep Up, by Winter Casey, Tech Daily Dose, February 24, 2009.
The volume of e-mail is rather amazing and significant. Clearly, a lot of people are interested in government and want to have their voices heard. But is email the best we can do? Is anyone actually reading those messages? Aren’t there better technological solutions for communication between constituents and Congress and among constituents? The Open House Project discussion list has kicked this issue around several times, but these are questions without clear answers.
Thinking about those kinds of big issues, I am very encouraged that Carl Malamud is interested in being public printer because his web site YesWeScan has some really innovative and forward-looking ideas. It is really wonderful to see someone with a vision of government information in the 21st century that is more than using new technologies to do what we have always done. Carl is interested in using new technologies to do things we have never been able to do before!