We the People & WhiteHouse.gov: Citizen Engagement Powered by Drupal

President Obama issued the Open Government Memo on January 21st, 2009 based on the three core principles that government should be transparent, encourage participation and enable collaboration. In October of 2009, WhiteHouse.gov was relaunched, powered by Drupal and open-source technology. In doing so, it leveraged over 100 contributed modules by over 800 public contributors. Two years later, The White House launched We the People, enabling the American public to directly petition their President on issues they cared most about. The collaboration and participation enabled by We the People is directly the result the Administration's support of open government. All of this was done using the power of open-source software, Drupal and the greater developer community. In this presentation, you'll be given a brief history of WhiteHouse.gov on Drupal, and find out how The White House leveraged open-source technology to reinvent how citizens communicate with their President and his Administration.


Time slot: 
Tuesday 1:00pm-2:00pm
Nonprofit, Government & Education
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Questions answered by this session: 
How did they do it?
What were the biggest challenges?
What were the lessons learned?
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