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Mandatory law/bill tracking in github-like site from inception, including full attribution. #bigidea

Obviously, Congress is not writing most of the bills that become law.  The people have little way to find out what special interests are writing them, sometimes in the thousands of pages.

We can look into a project on github and see exactly who introduced every change to a project, when they introduced it and how big each change was.  So why are we not mandating the same for the evolution of laws, all the way from inception through bill on to being signed as law?

On github alone, over 24 million people from more than 200 countries engaged in projects across more than 25 million repositories.  It's hard to fathom that governments do not mandate similar transparency of law creation, down to every single change made.  And with full attribution; changes are not to be signed off only by some proxy, but all involved parties need to be attributed for every single contribution they make.  In other words, one could not combine a big swath of changes from many parties and check it in by one…

Syndicated food lab-testing network. #bigidea

How do we as consumers truly know what's in the food we eat?  The bad news is that we really don't know.  Weak standards such as 'organic' are more about practices than what's actually lurking in our food.  And at that, consumers are still at the mercy of the honesty of the entire supply chain.

What if there were a way for much of our food supply to be lab tested, on a periodic basis?  Certainly, lab testing is too expensive and unscalable for any one person to test food products that they care about.  But if interested parties syndicate via a lab-testing network, then cost and scalability become more tenable.  This could be done at any level, from testing mass produced items at large grocery stores, to products at local farmers' markets.

To sketch out how the concept would work, imagine that an online site allows users to sign up and donate a small amount per month, akin to Patreon.  Users then suggest products to test, perhaps by UPC code scans (mass produced…

Shortener for video & audio, crowdsourced style; the social media tool we don't have. #bigidea

How may podcasts or videos have you consumed, where you were thinking there were only a few minutes of truly interesting content?  Why do we not have a tool or service which condenses a one-hour piece into those few minutes?

We are collectively wasting an astronomical amount of time, wading through filler, rambling conversations, technical issues and sometimes pure nonsense.  And yet all it would take to solve this, is for a small percentage of content consumers to mark interesting bits of video & audio.  We can crowdsource this, potentially in a service which can span many of the content platforms (Real.Video, DTube, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.)  The service would allow active participants to mark/tag interesting sections of content (e.g. 4:50..5:35, 8:10..8:48) and enter that meta information into the database along with the URL/identifier for the related content.  Passive participants then use the service to play or download content which is shortened by the clip information in t…