SXSW Interactive festival director, Hugh Forrest, wasn鈥檛 kidding when he introduced President Barack Obama鈥榮 onstage interview聽at聽this afternoon鈥檚 conference as the most exciting moment of the festival鈥檚 nearly 30-year history.聽鈥淚 like excuses for coming to Austin, Texas,鈥 the president聽joked, mentioning that he stopped by聽Austin鈥檚 popular Torchy鈥檚 Tacos before hitting the fest. But of course, as leader of the quote-unquote聽free world, he soon segued into聽Serious President Mode: 鈥淲e want to use technology to make civic participation easier.鈥 In short, the president wants government to use the tools and tech WE ALREADY HAVE to make it easier for us (you and me!) 聽to have an impact on our society.

Use technology to make the voting process easier.聽鈥淲e鈥檙e the only advanced democracy in the world that makes it harder for people to vote,鈥澛爏aid President Obama. Imagine if you could vote from your phone, or with a click on your laptop? Imagine if there were a voting app nestled in between Class Pass and Lyft on your mobile device鈥檚 desktop. Chances are, you鈥檇 be more聽inclined to make your voice heard. As Obama himself puts it: 鈥淚t鈥檚 easier to order pizza or make a trip鈥 than to do our part in the democratic process.

Of course, there are barriers聽there too: not everybody has Internet at home, let alone high-speed access or a smart mobile device. Oh yeah, and that other issue that it鈥檚 up to GOVERNMENT to adopt technology for US to use and not just something that we can make happen ourselves overnight聽(ugh). But you know what we can do? Pressure the sh*t out of our local and federal governments to make it easier for our generation to rock the vote.聽It鈥檚 now or never bbs!

How do YOU wish voting were easier? Tell us @BritandCo!

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