Government Experts Sought to Educate 'Netizens' Online

An Atlanta-based company last week launched a World Wide Web-based interactive election campaign to locate government subject matter experts who are willing to write monthly columns on state and local government and answer e-mail questions from citizens about the business of government.

The company, ezgov.com, offers real-time, Internet-based access to local government services and is calling the soon to be elected government experts ezDelegates. The new group of ezDelegates will act as content specialists, authoring the content for the site's Ask the Expert area. They also will produce a monthly column on their areas of expertise and answer e-mail questions from ezgov.com's "netizens."

Content specialists will be elected in the areas of: elections; government assistance and funding; history; law and legislation; taxes; and natural resources and environment. Experts will be compensated based on Web site traffic.

Anyone interested in nominating themselves or someone they know can do so by filling out an online form, located on the company's Web site (www.ezgov.com), by Nov. 15. The company will narrow the field and select nominees in the different areas by the end of the year, followed by a nationwide virtual election to choose the final group of experts.

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