Future Scenario (Bill Sudduth)
Accessing government information in 2025 or the results of the America's Town Meeting Act of 2022.
Government Information will be at America's finger tips in the year 2025. American's will expect full disclosure and complete and accurate information immediately. Some of this will be provided by public pod-casted media outlets and electronic news distribution services. Links to relevant information sources will accompany the information stream accessible to all Americans.
There will be public information access service centers that will help individuals locate needed information. Much of this will be on demand and will take place as part of the public's electronic town-hall participation in governmental decisions.
The America's Town Meeting Act allows for no more than 10% of the Congress (House or Senate) to be thrown out on an annual basis. Federal spending on all programs comprising more than 5% of the budget are voted in referenda that include time limits for that program to prove success or not.
Each congressional district will have one service center staffed by one or several information experts; while one library in each state will act as an information aggregator/ short-term information archive. These state-level archives will be connected and maintain redundant back-up systems.
Congress will not sit as one body but as multiple bodies linked through web-casts or video hook-ups. Since government is largely information driven * large numbers of federal government employees will be dispersed throughout the country. Secure information will flow over secure networks but will be subject to time limits * (ie after some days or hours) depending on the level of security the information will become public.
Citizens will need the following tools to access and use government information:
Network connection with secure transmission capabilities. Information filtering devices that will sort information by level of interest or economic activity. Secure transmission and ID protocols that allow for participation in town-hall like decisions. Software that verifies and certifies information transmitted from information providers for authenticity and accuracy. Collections will become artifacts for information archeologists whose main function will be to sift for actual facts and correct errors in the human record. Metadata systems were replaced several years 2010 when Microsoft invented full-text voice-driven searching. By 2015 all accents and languages were successful 99.99% of the time in accessing information no matter what the language.