“But government should stop providing petition interfaces and leave it to private sector organizations such as Change.org, Care2.com, signon.org, and GoToPetition.com, which are happy to provide such services.
Instead, government should provide two petition services. First, it should develop a system for verified petition signing. Politically, this is an extremely hard problem, analogous to the problem of developing a trusted online voting system. But if Estonia can solve the problem, the United States can, too.
Second, it should develop a standardized data system, analogous to its election markup language (EML), to facilitate the exchange of petition data.
The White House also needs to rethink what it promises to do if specific thresholds are met. For example, I suggest two time-based responses: First, within 30 days of reaching the threshold, an agency head should sign a statement that the petition has been read.
Second, within 180 days of reaching the threshold, an agency head should certify in writing any specific actions taken in response to the petition.
All this should be codified by Congress as part of a Petitions Procedures Act analogous to the Administrative Procedures Act.”- Jim Snider
(via J.H. Snider: The White House’s We The People Petition Website: First Year Report Card)