Each week the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses here. For those without access, my responses are below.
What was the biggest story of the week?
Empowering democracy using innovative technology was the goal of a recent day-long gathering of techies. At the event, called a Hackathon, teams emerged to take advantage of new tools that give access to crucial data about the Florida legislature through the Tabs on Tallahassee project. Data can be overwhelming so the goal of the fifty or so volunteers was to create ways for citizens to access just the information they needed in efficient and effective ways. Check out FLVote.org to see an early beta that came out of this Hackathon and watch for more new ways to engage our democracy.
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
As the Iowa Caucuses and NH Primary take place, the election season moves to a new level. I grew up in NH and did my first voting there. It was a time when you really met candidates in the coffee shop or the basement of the church. With the eyes of the nation on us, I took voting very seriously. Still do. The election season in Florida is less intimate than NH, but our votes are no less important. Now is the time to ensure that your voter registration is up-to-date so that your vote and your voice will count.
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