Corruption in government's gotta go. A rare commonality that's universally shared on a bipartisan basis. Since the politicians are in charge of introducing and voting on legislation, eliminating the lobbying system that turns their wheels certainly doesn't seem likely.
If anything can improve the way things are done in government, it's the evolving technology that is available now that we're well into the information era. Media and data transfer have become instantaneous and more functions than most of us know are internet dependent. The achieved reliability of the net has made it OUT OF SIGHT and OUT OF MIND; unless you're an IT professional.
The riots in Iran led to their government attempting restriction of internet usage, because of YouTube, Twitter and etc. Keeping a lid on happenings these days is all but impossible with satellite's beaming data nearly everywhere. Transparency is a big BUZZ word these days, and it's not always by choice. When the Rodney King episode took place, unintended transparency turned a corner and is becoming more and more relevant. Bill Gates installed video across the entire town where he lives. Who knows what direction media capturing and sharing will take?
Citizen police pullovers are routinely recorded. Criminals are apprehended because of cameras. There are cameras in school buses. They're everywhere.
Politicians are well aware of the reaches of the media, and the fact it's getting harder for anyone to say or do anything discreetly. And as technology lunges ahead, it's gonna get worse (or better) depending on the circumstances. As this diminishing privacy issue becomes stronger, transparency will take on new meaning. The legal aspects of privacy are debated in the courts and will become tougher to balance as time goes on.
When Google started getting hammered in court for databasing just about everything everywhere, their defense was that expectations of privacy these days is pretty much a thing of the past. Google Earth lives on! So does their extensive info about all of us, unfortunately.
It seems inevitable that "behind closed doors congressional meetings" for instance will continue to be private. How long can lobbying matters stay hush? Back room deals may end up on FoxNews. Don't think THAT'S not a concern in Washington D.C.
It would be naive to assume that sensitive long range audio isn't improving right along with all else that's technical. As our capabilities increase, so will demands by the public regarding political conversations and deals, because it'll get easier and easier to monitor them. For a politician to know that anything they say or do may become public sounds like a good thing.
Privacy seems doomed; in some cases that won't be a bad thing.
The fear of "Big Brother" knowing everything will be only one direction of a two way street.