Last month, TIDES (Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support) participated in Exercise 24 Europe (X24EUR), a virtual online disaster relief scenario that leveraged social media, crowdsourcing, and collaborative tools in an innovative cloud computing environment. The event took place from March 29th-March 31st and was co-lead by San Diego State University’s Immersive Visualization Center and the United States European Command, and supported by an array of public/private organizations.
We're going to be launching an online "open innovation" pavilion in partnership with Innocentive.com, where anyone — companies, nonprofits, government agencies, universities — can put up science and engineering challenges for the general public (that's you) to solve. Whether it's some company looking for a better waterproof material, or a research lab asking for a better design for a satellite, it will be your opportunity to not just read about the future, but to be part of it. And the best part: winning entries will win cold, hard cash.
Open government is not expressly defined as embracing technology, although it can and is be empowered by smart use of it. Last year, Cass Sunstein made plain language an essential part of open government. Last week, Sunstein, who serves as the administrator of the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, finalized his guidance for the use of plain language in government communication a core part of open government.
Today Google Map Maker becomes available in the U.S. With Map Maker, any Google user can add details to maps of university campuses, biking and walking trails or any other points of interest beyond roads.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Young people use social media like Facebook and Twitter for more than simply staying in touch with their friends; they're also a means to make school and career connections, according to an Associated Press-Viacom poll.
A recent New York Times article that called attention to some of the recent crowdsourcing projects currently underway at the Smithsonian also noted that crowdsourcing has long been a part of the Institution’s strategy.
No doubt, we are in tight budget times, and the ROI from social media investments is difficult to quantify. While defining and refining your social networking strategy may be difficult for leading private sector businesses, the business opportunities and issues are no less complex or less important for governments.
With six schools communicating through videoconferences and Microsoft Live Meetings, a global initiative, called DeforestACTION, has come alive with students made aware of deforestation and raising funds to buy back land to establish an orang-utan sanctuary.
Jon Gosier is one of the most impressive figures from the African technology scene to make it internationally. He is a TedX senior fellow, and works as the Director of Product for SwiftRiver at Ushahidi, which is a “platform for making sense of streams of realtime data.” Gosier is also the founder of Appfrica, a business incubator for East African technologists. Gosier spoke to Memeburn about the future of crowdsourcing and why East Africa is such a thriving technology hub.
Could average citizens equipped with mobile phones and geiger counters have stepped in where TEPCO fell down? Yes, say Marcelino Alvarez and David Ewald -- which is why they've started RDTN.org, an online platform for sharing and mapping real-time radiation data.
All levels of governments now are increasingly using GIS to engage the public, deliver transparency, simplify information, and enhance policymaking. Combined with the powers of social media, it has now made governments more agile and responsive than ever before.
There was once a time when companies didn't much care about what consumers had to say. It was the same relationship between governments and citizens for that matter. Ever since the Internet arrived, however, that separation has been slowly but surely chipped away. Today, we live in a world in which new doors are opening every day and ordinary people are being involved in everything from product design and refinement to running the very governments that rule the land.
Over the next few weeks 3news.co.nz will be publishing a series of feature stories looking at the past, present and future of Christchurch’s unique CBD. Still out of bounds to the general public and with many buildings having to be demolished it is likely that the new centre may look radically different. But what do the people of Christchurch think their city centre should look like?