[LINK] Can Congress Convene Online?
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Source:Edupage, October 29, 2001
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CAN CONGRESS CONVENE ONLINE?
The Democratic Leadership Council has suggested that in the event
that Congress is prevented from physically convening by an
emergency, a Web site "could easily be built" where congressional
members can meet, debate, draft legislation, and vote. To ensure
security, the DLC suggests that a biometric identification system
be set up, while far-flung members would gain access through
kiosks located at the nearest state capitol or city hall. The DLC
recommends that the public have access to the site on "a read-only
basis," but associate director for the Center for Democracy and
Technology Ari Schwartz said that fear of hacker intrusion may
mean a complete lockout of public access. However, there are
members of Congress who are opposed to the idea of convening
remotely, according to New America Foundation analyst James Snider.
(Wired News, 25 October 2001)
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