New York City has a historically corrupt and non-transparent budgetting process. The New York City Council is also known for its extremely non-transparent funding structure whereby the Speaker of the Majority can determine a City Council Member's discertionary budget within a range of $3-$11 Million Dollars. The New York City Council has also had a slew of corruption scandels linking council members to patronage and clientialism.
The 2008 National Citizens’ Technology Forum was a series of online and face-to-face meetings across the United States with the goal of obtaining citizen recommendations on how to deal with the new technologies such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technologies, and cognitive science (henceforth known as NBIC technologies). Organizers hoped that these recommendations would influence future government policy.
The Living Voters Guide for Washington State is a web-based platform designed to stimulate a deliberative process concerning local issues affecting Washington State citizens. A team of researchers from the University of Washington created the deliberative platform to introduce important information regarding ballot measures and to stimulate active participation in discussions regarding the initiatives. The site is open to all people who wish to participate or access reliable information pertaining to Washington State politics.