Who Wins in the Battle for Power on the Internet? Mashable In the Internet's early days, there was a lot of talk about its “natural laws” — how it would upend traditional power blocks, empower the masses and spread freedom throughout the world.
When President Barack Obama signed a new open data initiative earlier this month, he argued that providing government data to entrepreneurs enables them to create new businesses and strengthen the economy.
What kinds of businesses are being built with open data? A report from a White House task force on open data and "smart disclosure" released Wednesday highlights several commercial and non-profit operations built around open data. The report stripped specific company names to avoid the appearance of favoritism — if you recognize any of them, let us know in the comments.
Engaged citizens want clear, credible information from the government about how it’s carrying on its business. They don’t want to thumb through thousands of files or wait month after month or go through the rigors of filing claims through FOIA (Freedom of Information Act). They want government information, services, and communication to be forthcoming and swift. The Open Government, Government 2.0, and E-Governance movements fill the need of connecting citizens with the government and each other to foster a more open, collaborative, and efficient public sector through the use of new technology and public data.
What can governments learn from the open-data revolution? In this stirring talk, Beth Noveck, the former deputy CTO at the White House, shares a vision of practical openness -- connecting bureaucracies to citizens, sharing data, creating a truly participatory democracy. Imagine the "writable society" ...
A lawyer by training and a techie by inclination, Beth Noveck works to build data transparency into government
This presentation provides an overview of how governments in Australia are using social media, risks they may face and how to address these with structured processes and guidelines. It finishes with some quick case studies of excellent use of social media by the public sector.