Clouds aren't just made of precipitation these days. Digital clouds and services are used by government departments and citizens to store and exchange data, but according to Senator Cory Booker, the U.S. Senate isn't maximizing technology's potential.

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Booker says greater integration between the Senate and technology needs to occur to help educate, empower, and engage citizens. Apps that allow constituents to overview bills, for example, could give the average person another avenue to receive information, monitor legislative action and respond, he said in an interview with Wired.

Booker cited not being allowed to use an iPad on the Senate floor as an example of the legislature's disconnection from modern times. He also pointed out that cloud-based services, like those utilized by the Department of Defense, are quicker, cheaper and more secure than the Senate's methods for communicating and storing files.

Is the U.S. Senate in touch with technology enough, or should they be doing more to connect with citizens via digital means? Let us know what you think in the poll and comments section below.