The final days of 2011 are ticking away, and so too are the final days of this blog.
I’ve been writing about voice technologies, phone apps and open government under the Vox Populi monicker for a long time.
I first registered the voiceingov.org domain in 2002, and built a very basic website to share my excitement and enthusiasm for an emerging set of standards for building telephone applications using web technologies.
My interest in this area was spurred by my involvement in helping create the e-government initiative in the State of Delaware, and launching projects like the Delaware Internet Access Locater.
I have always believed in the importance of communications technology in general and telephone applications specifically for engaging citizens and encouraging an open dialog between governments and the people they serve.
This interest was cemented when I left state government to work as a technologist, using the latest and greatest tools for building communication apps of every stripe.
I’ve continued to write posts on this blog, trying to emphasize the core message that these new technologies can make it easier and more efficient for citizens to connect with government, even as my interest and work has expanded more broadly into other areas, like open government and civic hacking.
More and more, I’ve felt like I’ve been shoehorning posts on these topics into this blog which has an admittedly more narrow focus.
In addition, I’ve had much less time to devote to writing posts for this blog – I write extensively for my company’s blogs as well as for other blog sites covering open government and the civic hacking space.
With all of that said, I’m happy to say that I will soon announce a new direction in my writing and blogging efforts. This announcement, sadly, means the end of Vox Populi as it is currently constituted.
It’s hard to let go of something I’ve been working on for so long, and that is central to the way that I think technology should work to bring government and citizens together.
But the tension that currently exists between my current work and interests, and the narrow focus of this blog can’t continue.
In 2012, I’ll launch a new site where I will write more extensively about open government, open data, civic hacking and more of things that will change the way that government works and they way we interact with those that represent us.
It’s been a great run with this blog, and I’m still proud of many of things I wrote and all of the things I tried to do with it.
Looking forward to 2012.