The White House has invited ordinary Americans to contribute ideas on making government more open and has unveiled a new web site where raw federal data will be put online for public use, AFP reports. Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Barack Obama, described the "Open Government Initiative" ( as an effort to increase the involvement of the average citizen in policy making. "This is a chance to brainstorm ideas, discuss the most promising ones, and collaborate with one another on next steps," she said in a video posted at a new blog located on the White House web...

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