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Gov 2.0 Has Reached Criticality

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 09.15.2014 | Business
Alan W. Silberberg

As they say, we have come a long way. Whether in government or out; whether an inventor, an engineer, an app designer, a government official, a new media department head; whether in business, government or academia.

Five Apps to Make NYC Greener: Built in a Weekend

Rachel Sterne | Posted 09.02.2012 | New York
Rachel Sterne

Can an app make New York City greener? It can if it influences the little decisions that New Yorkers make every day -- things like recycling a bottle instead of throwing it in the trash, or biking to work instead of driving.

US CTO Looks to Scale Agile Thinking and Open Data to Improve Citizen-Centric Government

Alexander Howard | Posted 07.31.2012 | Technology
Alexander Howard

In the 21st century, federal government must go mobile, putting government services and information at the fingertips of citizens, said United States Chief Technology Officer Todd Park in a wide-ranging interview this week.

Animosity 2.0: The Open Government Insurgency vs. The White House Correspondents Dinner Establishment

Mark Drapeau | Posted 07.09.2012 | Media
Mark Drapeau

Mainstream media, politicians, and celebrities are easy scapegoats for a relatively small open government community that is in reality quite insular.

3 Themes of Gov 2.0 L.A. 2012

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 02.13.2012 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

We are past the point where the "Gov 2.0" in our name does more than evoke recognition. It is time to focus not on the theoretical but on the practical.

Evolving Democracy for the 21st Century

Beth Simone Noveck | Posted 01.18.2012 | Technology
Beth Simone Noveck

To achieve the twin goals of more participatory and effective governance, we must innovate in how we govern. Thanks to technology, if we have the will to do so, we also now have the opportunity.

How to Use Modern Crowdsourcing Apps to Keep an Eye on the Original Crowdsourcing App

Ben Berkowitz | Posted 01.07.2012 | Media
Ben Berkowitz

The original crowdsourcing app, the voter booth, is going to be put to use tomorrow in thousands of municipalities around the United States. This once...

Apps for Entrepreneurs Looks to Accelerate Startups With Open Data

Alexander Howard | Posted 01.12.2012 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Over the last year, agencies have been trying to crowdsource their way out of problems. Now, the Small Business Administration is trying the mechanism.

In Social Media and Politics, Engagement and Influence Trumps Follower Count

Alexander Howard | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Alexander Howard

Social media success isn't just about followers: it's about the influence and engagement an account holds on a given network. In general, amplification and engagement, measured in retweets, @mentions and @replies, and influence offer better metrics to analyze campaigns.

Federal CIO VanRoekel's 'Future First' Vision for Government Focuses on Cloud, Open Standards, Modularity, Shared Services

Alexander Howard | Posted 12.27.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

While no speech is going to simply fix an entrenched issue, articulating principles based upon the need for modularity, interoperability and open standards represents at least a breath of fresh air.

USAID Goes FWD With Open Data and Open Government for Famine Aid

Alexander Howard | Posted 11.19.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Today at Mashable's Social Good Summit, Dr. Raj Shah, the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will launch ...

Progress and Setbacks for Open Government on Eve of Historic Global Partnership Launch

Alexander Howard | Posted 11.18.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

In 2011, some of the most dynamic changes may be found the state and local level in the United States. After next week, the eyes of many more people will be open to the broader sweep of a global movement towards transparency.

International Open Government Partnership to Include at Least 22 Countries at Launch

Alexander Howard | Posted 11.06.2011 | World
Alexander Howard

With just two weeks left before a historic announcement in New York City at the United Nations, the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) has expanded to include fourteen more countries.

Oldest Tech, Newest Hero?

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 10.22.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

Due to a combination of demographics, technology and tradition, the biggest social media in India is not one of those we think of usually.

Spies Really "Like" Us

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 10.14.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

The recent riots in London brought the question up again of is social media the cause or simply a tool that helps facilitate something that would already be going on?

Can the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Enable Open Government by Design?

Alexander Howard | Posted 09.20.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

2011-07-21-heatmap.jpg The consumer bureau, a federal agency launching today, is open to new ideas about how help borrowers make informed decisions.

As Newsprint Fades, Can Websites Sustainably Fill the Information Needs of Citizens?

Alexander Howard | Posted 07.31.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

If states are the laboratories for democracy, as Thomas Jefferson famously said, towns and cities may be the Petri dishes that stress test the vitality of different species of online hubs.

White House: Plain Writing Is "Indispensible" for Open Government

Alexander Howard | Posted 06.20.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

For those who have tried to make sense of complex rulemaking, regulations, official announcements or directives, the change will be welcome. For the average citizen trying to comply with them, it's essential.

The Japanese Emergency and Hyperlocal Governments

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alan W. Silberberg

The local emergency manager now has the power of a never ending flow of information at their fingertips that can be quickly siphoned and divided into necessary parts.

India Govcamp Reveals Fast Global Gov 2.0 Growth

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan W. Silberberg

India Govcamp shows the Global Growth of Gov 2.0 and Open Government http://gov2.in/ Governments and the people they serve around the world are stru...

Gov 2.0 and Open Government Take Root in India

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alexander Howard

Despite the hurdles presented by poverty, illiteracy, and corruption, there are many reasons to be hopeful about Gov 2.0 taking root in India as a means of increasing transparency and accountability.

Transit data drives economic engine for open government

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Today in New York City, the attendees of TransportationCamp will look for ways to build a better to and fro. Technologists, trains fans, government ...

SeeClickFix gets local gov't stuff done

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, if you see some kind of local problem that the city should fix, the folks at SeeClickFix really do have an app for that. You can report the probl...

U.S. Cities Using Tech To Cull Ideas From Citizens

AP | SAMANTHA GROSS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

NEW YORK — In a city of millions, how many people go knocking on the door of City Hall? Most citizens know that, at least in theory, they can bri...

Civic Developers Code for America on Presidents' Day in D.C.

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Data camp volunteers come together to donate more than money or blood: they exchange information and then apply their skills to creating solutions to the needs defined by a given set of societal challenges.