Two years ago, the Knight Foundation embarked on a program to look at ideas, tools and projects to increase civic engagement and participation. Damian Thorman, National Program Director, shares some insights from the KF Tech for Engagement initiative so far, and highlights some of the key focus areas for collaboration in the future.
Beyond the buzz, for many agencies the journey to open government and open data is tempered by a need to see and understand the evidence of benefits.
Open access to Government information is a key element of the open government discussion, both in policy and practice terms.
Baden Appleyard shares his experience in developing and applying the Australian Government’s Open Access and Licensing Framework, and highlights the opportunities and challenges faced in opening up information from Governments as well as public research bodies through licensing options such as Creative Commons.
When the Government of British Columbia in Canada released their Government 2.0 Strategy, it built on their social communication experience during two key ‘catalyst events’: the H1N1 virus pandemic and the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Sunlight’s Director of Policy John Wonderlich shares national and international perspectives on open government, where collaboration between government and civil society, and good decision-making about data are the next open government frontiers for public agencies.
Dr Don Lenihan – Vice-President, Engagement, at Canada’s Public Policy Forum – explores the breadth of issues and some of the common misconceptions around engagement and co-design, including “who” needs to be engaged and “how”.
We talk with Alan Silberberg of Silberberg Innovations about GovCamps and other unconference format events, including the third annual Gov 2.0 LA gathering organised by Alan in association with Pepperdine University in Malibu.
In the countdown to the OGP2012 forum in Brasilia, Tiago Peixoto from the World Bank Institute’s ICT4Gov program discusses the value, opportunities and challenges of participatory budgeting.
Inspired by International Open Data Day, we talk to Steve Spiker, IT director for the Urban Strategies Council in Oakland, California, to talk about open data’s role in taking on urban poverty. Steve…