"All of us together are smarter than any one of us alone," social-media pioneer Anil Dash said when asked why the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is launching Expert Labs. Supported by a $500,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation to incorporate technology in helping government and citizens join in solving public problems, Expert Labs is an independent effort to enhance the policymaking process by leveraging and extending new social networking platforms — a technological realm popularized by public systems such as Facebook and Twitter. Such technologies have the potential to "make our government better, make our society better, advance scientific research, and make people feel more connected to those social institutions that serve them," said Dash.

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