Whitehouse.gov has a new-ish “petitioning” feature that allows basically anyone to start a signature-collecting campaign which, upon reaching a certain number of clicks from registered users, will require an official response on the issue in question.
At issue is open access to scientific information gathered using tax dollars. Which, in the US, is about a third of it. If you’ve ever been hot on the trail of a technical lead and run up against a robot demanding $40 to download one four-page, twenty-year-old journal article, you know what I’m talking about. Please take a minute, if you haven’t already and are so inclined, to go register an account and sign. They’re just shy of 23,000 clicks, as of this writing, and need 2,000 more before June 19th.