Tag Archives: Civic Technology

Conversations on Citizen Engagement

The World Bank has just launched a new crowd sourcing initiative called “The Striking Poverty” aimed at empowering innovators to end poverty.  In essence, ‘The Striking Poverty” is an online space is designed for “striking up interactive discussions and debate among a global community of stakeholders.” Each discussion is scheduled to last two weeks before it […]

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SXSW and Opening Government

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 […]

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‘Citizenville,’ by Gavin Newsom and Lisa Dickey

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 […]

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New Scholarship on Open Data, Citizen Engagement and Randomness

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 […]

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White House Calls to “Roll Up Your Sleeves, Get Involved, and Get Civic-Hacking”

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 […]

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Compendium on “Open Government and Civic Technology”

In sync with services like Pinterest, the New York Times launched in December a new service called “Compendium”, allowing their users to collate and annotate content from any Times page to their own collections. Early user Alex Howard, the Government 2.0 Washington Correspondent for O’Reilly Media, compiled a variety of stories since 1990 on “Open Government […]

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Opening Government Video: “The Pre-Network”

In Brief: Previously, members of Opening Government’s “Pre-Network” were asked to respond to “14 Questions on the Future of Government and Governance in the Digital Age.” Watch below as members explain current impediments to effective governance, how technology can open our institutions, and what our project might seek to accomplish.

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