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Does anyone feel inclined to group the topics on this list? For instance I would like to list transparency in congressional voting records and other gov data: Sunlight Foundation,, and others. Does it makes sense to group this topic under any general heading? Sethwoodworth 12:58, 24 November 2008 (EST)

  • This sounse like a good idea, but I'm not sure how to do it. Perhaps it's something just to do and ask later. --G 12:28, 28 November 2008 (EST)
  • Went ahead and organized it. Forgiveness, not permission. Plus, it kept me from studying for 15 minutes, and you can't put a price on procrastination. Feel free to reorg (natch), especially if you know something more about discourse theory than I do (= spending two minutes on Wikipedia). Topics could change categories according to the perspective people wish to bring to them (e.g. Google Book Search, which could easily be discussed as a social/economic tool, but the existing writeup made it sound like the author wanted to discuss it as a new legal issue instead). --Jgruensp 14:28, 29 November 2008 (EST)

Per Cass' advice, I added my name to some topics I'm interested in, but marked them "(maybe)." Don't think I'm trying to monopolize half the Topics list; I'm just indicating some interests. Dan Ray 13:17, 1 December 2008 (EST)

Added a category for the list of topics we had at the end of last session (12/1/2008). Hope that's ok. --Hoellra 13:41, 1 December 2008 (EST)

In the spirit of forgiveness not permission . . .

  • I'm going to create a new section called "Officially Proposed Topics" -- this will be a place to officially stake a claim.
  • The topic I'm claiming is "The Internet and Publishing." To do so, I'm consolidating (and further developing) some things from JZ's powerpoint and some things from the other list. I'm moving the material out of the other places and into the new area, because that seems to me like the best way to keep things organized and avoid redundancy. Obviously, other suggestions on how to handle this are welcome. --Gwen 15:02, 1 December 2008 (EST)

I'm also going to move a couple other topics that appear to be claimed up into the "Officially Proposed Topics" section, including those from JZ's powerpoint list; I'm hoping this will make it easier to sort out what's what. --Gwen 16:53, 1 December 2008 (EST). Also renamed remaining list as "Unclaimed" topics. --Gwen 17:02, 1 December 2008 (EST)