Congress Would Like To Use The Web Now

UPDATE: Rep. Culberson breaks rule, tweets from the House floor.


If you're like Aaron Brazell, you think members of Congress should darned well be able to talk to their constituents on sites like Twitter. After all, their constituents are talking to each other that way, and plenty of candidates make Twitter feeds a regular part of their campaigns.

But right now, Congress' rules governing outside communication make sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube all but off-limits to representatives.

"Frankly, we're in 2008, and we have a government for the people and by the people," says Brazell, who lives in Baltimore. "Right now, all the evidence shows that people are getting their news increasingly on the Internet, and increasingly engaging with each other online, and that's where Congress should be."

Brazell has been blogging the issue on Technosailor. Other links for people who want to keep up with this story: Today's guest Andrew Noyes' Tech Daily Dose, Noyes' reports on Congress Daily and the Sunlight Foundation's Let Our Congress Tweet.



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