(@michaelwalsh)

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Social Media Platform for International Disaster Response

The Department of State should establish a social platform that enables real-time, two-way feedback between crisis victims and international disaster responders. The platform should integrate with existing social media platforms (ex. Twitter) and be mobile device enabled. The platform should be easily customized for any crisis and rapidly deployed following the on-start of the crisis. [*By establish, the Department could... more »

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(@michaelwalsh)

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Open Recovery.Gov Site for International Disaster Response

In collaboration with governmental and nongovernmental partners (ex. American 501(c)3 nonprofits), the Department of State should develop an integrated "acquisition and procurement" platform for international disaster response. Modeled on Recovery.Gov, the platform should support the unique needs of the international disaster response community, especially financial and gift-in-kind donations (ex. materials or personnel)... more »

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(@stephen)

Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

Family Visa Denials; K-1,K-3,CR-1, IR-1

Refusals of Family Based visas causes undue suffering and pain. Visa refusals can take months or years to overcome. The time of separation is agonizing for the family, and the stress of visa refusals can tear families apart. Consular officers often deny family based visas for the reason of "lack of a bonifide relationship." The consular officers make these refusals without a factual basis. Instead they base their reasons... more »

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(@bbbyhorne)

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Visa Interview Policies..

In regards to Visas for Spouse or Fiance/Fiancee, It would not cost our government $1 more to do the Visa Interview in a Professional and Fair manner. There is very little information as to the "Real/Actual Requirements" on Visa Interview Policies, only the VAGUE guidelines, that a Visa Interview Officer may or may not use. Obtaining a Visa SOLELY rest with the Visa Interview Officer's DISCRETION, which means, "ability... more »

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(@michaelwalsh)

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Cultural Community to Build Bridges between U.S. and Foreigners

The Department of State should develop a vibrant cultural exchange community that enables Americans to introduce their culture to foreigners on a personal level. The site should prioritize visceral multimedia content and encourage deep interaction between users. This can be accomplished by enabling users to upload their own stories, pictures, and videos related to American culture alongside polished historical content... more »

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(@ash000)

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Family-Based Visa Interviews, Denials, Need for Uniform Policies

Echoing bby_horne and Stephen's comments, there are currently too many discrepancies between individual embassies and consulates and how they go about issuing Family-Based Visas (K-1, K-3, CR-1, etc). More training and stricter control by the DoS would go a long way in making sure that individual consulates and individual consular officers are not overstepping bounds, conducting visa interviews with fairness, and behaving... more »

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(@michaelwalsh)

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Advance Open Diplomacy in Parallel with Open Government

The U.S. Government should invest significant resources to advance the concept of open diplomacy. This new construct would rely heavily upon the U.S. Government’s existing e-diplomacy and public diplomacy tradition. However, it would not be limited to these disciplines. Open diplomacy would serve as the overall diplomatic strategy for the country - placing new emphasis on: 1) increasing transparency, promoting openness,... more »

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(@michaelwalsh)

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Promote the Development of Web 2.0 Solutions

The Department of State has a strong record of experimentation with Web 2.0 technologies. This includes creating a number of social networking sites (ex. Exchanges Connect and State Alumni Network), participating in virtual communities (ex. Second Life), and launching mobile applications (ex. Haiti widget). Of these various examples, the ones with the most impact are those that leverage public - private partnerships (ex.... more »

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(@michaelwalsh)

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Young Diplomat Program

The Department of State should develop a Young Diplomats contest program for American students. The program would provide students with the opportunity to advance their understanding of the core topics and issues relevant to the foreign service (similar to the National Geographic Bee for geography). The program would run for the entire academic school year and rely on long-term engagement with students. The program would... more »

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(@danieljs)

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Is it possible to visualize meme development over a time period?

I see that with each idea comes the option to enter tags. Most sites that allow tagging also allow visitors to visualize the data clusters with a tag cloud. Is this utility available? The second feature I'd like to see is how ideas, specifically memes as indicated by tags, develop over a period of time. Is it possible to have a search utility, sorted by date, that shows the rise or decline of a meme over a period... more »

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(@stephen)

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Ombudsman for Consular Affairs

The State Department needs an Office of Ombudsman for Consular Affairs. An Office of Ombudsman will provide a venue for citizens to express ideas for improvement, and to complain when the Office of Consular Affairs is failing in its mission. Changes, recommendations, and complaints could be made about the many areas of responsibility for Consular Affairs such as visa issuance, passports, U. S. Citizens services, etc.... more »

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(@scholasticus)

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Put visitor logs online, for those who meet any State employee

Put visitor logs online, for any person who meets any State Department employee. Citizens have the right to know who their State Dept. employees of every type of pay grade get to meet and make deals with. For example, which oil company executives were meeting with State Dept. agents, employees, appointees, and contractors over the last fifty years? That would make some enlightening reading. It would make FOIA requests... more »

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(@renesugar)

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Information associated with geographic areas as data sets

Make information associated with geographic areas available as a data downloads. In the data sets, links to pages on state.gov could be included in the row for unformatted information on a subject (e.g. general country information). Examples: Trafficking in persons: http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2009/124799.htm Travel Warnings: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html Travel Alerts:... more »

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