Some Americans have given up on politics, but not on making the world a happier, healthier and more sustainable place. I’d like to see entrepreneurs focused on building the next billion-dollar YouTube clone carve some time out of the day to take the cool new Web 2.0 tools for sharing and collaboration, and apply them to make publicly available data sets. Make them manageable, interoperable and visually compelling. Do that, and you’ve created new ways to make government responsive to the public, and to magnify the individual power of each educated and informed voter.
Read this article from WIRED, U.S. students make politics a fantasy game (Reuters) from ZDNet (plus commentary), visit election visualization tools from Google and the New York Times and visualization / analysis tools for historical US “State of the Union” speaches.