The annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference on emerging technologies is on. Among the avalanche of presentations and panels, three panels may be of particular interest to the opening government and civic engagement community: Erhardt Graeff from the MIT Center for Civic Media has organized a panel on Bots for Civic Engagement. Among the questions it seeks […]
In an article published today in SF Gate, Beth Simone Noveck, co-founder of GovLab and visiting professor at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service reviews Gavin Newsom and Lisa Dickey’s new book “Citzenville’: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government. Noveck starts with today’s context: “Approval rates for government are at […]
Moisés Naím, a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a columnist for El Pais, describes in his new book The End of Power the diffusion of traditional means of control: “To put it simply, power no longer buys as much as it did in the past … power is easier to get, […]
To kick off its Open Government News Challenge, the Knight Foundation tapped telecommunications policy expert Susan Crawford to provide her insights on the challenges to and opportunities of opening government. In her article, “First steps to Open Gov- getting your ducts in a row,” she makes the argument that “modern versions of open government only […]
On February 11, the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the launch of Consumer.Data.gov, the 16th community on the data repository Data.gov. This new “Smart Disclosure Data Community” is a “first-of-its-kind centralized platform containing over 400 smart disclosure data sets and resources from dozens of agencies across government.” The announcement defines smart disclosure as […]
Seena Ghaznavi interviews Andrew Rasiej, Founder of Personal Democracy Media.
In this paper, Marcel Sangsari’s assesses the EU’s European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI), a tool that allows citizens to propose legislation and garners an official response from the European Commission once a proposal gains a total of 1 million signatures from supporters in at least 7 member states. “Despite its early difficulties, the ECI also promises […]
In Brief: June 1-2, 2013 have been declared by the White House “National Day of Civic Hacking”, with the event receiving support from numerous organizations such as Code For America and Random Hacks of Kindness. Software developers, technologists and entrepreneurs will be asked to use open government data to volunteer their time coding solutions for […]
To honor Aaron Swartz, O’Reilly Media has made its new book on “Open Government” publicly available on GitHub. (Aaron Swartz was one of the book contributors, authoring Chapter 25: “When is Transparency Useful?”).
Nassim Taleb has an article in Foreign Policy, where he reflects on some of the key messages of his new book Antifragility: Things that Gain from Disorder regarding the stability of countries, city-states and decentralizing government (titled Epiphanies from Nassim Nicholas Taleb): “We need smaller, more decentralized government. On paper, it might appear much more efficient to be […]