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Everything open government, transparency, accountability. I'm a Digital Communications Supervisor at the City of Calgary and these are articles of interest to my day-to-day work.
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IBM Brings Open Data Tech To Ebola Fight - InformationWeek

IBM Brings Open Data Tech To Ebola Fight - InformationWeek | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Here's how IBM's new West African lab is using open data and other technologies to help Sierra Leone and Nigerian governments contain the disease.
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'Open government' plan slams door on Access to Information Act reform - CBC.ca

'Open government' plan slams door on Access to Information Act reform - CBC.ca | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
The final version of the federal blueprint on open government for 2014-16 remains silent on updating the 32-year-old Access to Information law, despite public pleas during several consultations — including a recent round of public feedback on a...
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As open source goes mainstream, institutions collaborate differently

As open source goes mainstream, institutions collaborate differently | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
18F has quietly become the bleeding edge of the US federal government's adoption of open source software. Read about the benefits and challenges of open source going mainstream.
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Open source could help drive collaboration:


"There's a clear progression that nearly every government agency goes through, from consuming open source, to publishing open source (as a one-way broadcast), to collaborating on open source (either their own projects, or others)," said Balter. "A similar progression is also seen from open source (geeks), to open data (geek consumed, but produced by wonks), and open government policy (fully wonks). 

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3 Technologies that Could Boost Voter Participation

3 Technologies that Could Boost Voter Participation | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Next week's election may have one of the lowest voter turnouts ever. Can technology help boost voter participation? Here are three possible answers.
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White House launches ‘Write’ API for We the People platform

White House launches ‘Write’ API for We the People platform | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Just three years after the launch of the platform, which allows citizens to gather signatures on a petition for a certain cause, from the development of a Death Star to action on gun control, the White House announced Thursday the launch of an...
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3 Ways to Choose Valuable Open Data

3 Ways to Choose Valuable Open Data | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Mark Headd, Philadelphia's former chief data officer, and others offer practical steps any government can use to start or improve open data programs.
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Personalising climate change through open data and apps

Personalising climate change through open data and apps | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Government-released open data has generated a host of new climate-change related apps, the challenge is to make it clear and usable (Government-released #opendata is fueling a whole new level of innovation in sustainability.
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How Open Data Is Transforming City Life - Forbes

How Open Data Is Transforming City Life - Forbes | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
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How Open Data Is Transforming City Life
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Start a business. Manage your power use. Find cheap rents, or avoid crime-ridden neighborhoods.
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DorobekINSIDER Live: How Data is Changing the Face of Citizen Engagement

DorobekINSIDER Live: How Data is Changing the Face of Citizen Engagement | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
A special edition of GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER today. We're LIVE! We meet every month with the simple idea, get smart people together and share ideas because we…
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7 Pieces of Citizen Engagement Advice from the Frontlines

7 Pieces of Citizen Engagement Advice from the Frontlines | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Who better to dole out advice about how to truly engage in citizen engagement and its new trends than those who do it every day? Below are seven tips from our…
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"...be open to new ideas, which seems to be more common now than in the past."

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San Francisco's Migration of 29,000 Employees to the Cloud is Under Way

San Francisco's Migration of 29,000 Employees to the Cloud is Under Way | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Now in line with FBI regulatory policy requirements, the city's move to cloud services will be more government compliant and enable easier collaboration for all city and county workers.
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Hacker Candidate 'Open Sources' His Political Platform - Wired

Hacker Candidate 'Open Sources' His Political Platform - Wired | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Hacker Candidate 'Open Sources' His Political Platform
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The OpenGov Foundation, a non-profit organization co-founded by California Republican Rep.
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And this...blows my mind!!!

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UC Berkeley Hires First Wikipedian-in-Residence

UC Berkeley Hires First Wikipedian-in-Residence | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
The person who holds the position will coach students and advise professors on the deceptively complex task of editing articles for the user-generated encyclopedia.
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Why stakeholder engagement is key to successful CSR programs - GreenBiz.com (blog)

Why stakeholder engagement is key to successful CSR programs - GreenBiz.com (blog) | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Building online communities to engage with stakeholders conveniently, transparently and authentically unlocks business value.
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Ottawa finalizes action plan 2.0 on open government - ITWorld Canada

Ottawa finalizes action plan 2.0 on open government - ITWorld Canada | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
The second chapter of the federal government's open government strategy now has a confirmed action plan. Treasury Board said Thursday that the action
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6 Cities and a County Share 311 Data, Best Practices

6 Cities and a County Share 311 Data, Best Practices | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Local government officials team up to develop standards and a data repository for 311 centers.
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“The data that’s collected now allows us to say ‘Here are the issues, here are the questions and here are the changes that we need to make in regard to our response to targeted [neighborhoods],” Lue said.

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Why Ask Questions? • GovLoop

Why Ask Questions? • GovLoop | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
The average four-year-old girl asks 390 questions per day, mostly to her mother. Yep, you read that right. Three hundred ninety. Sorry, Mom. Warren Berger, our keynote speaker at GovLoop’s State and Local Innovators Virtual Summit and author of A More Beautiful Question, said this number isn’t all that surprising. At that young age, children... Read more »
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"There are a lot of reasons we stop asking questions. Some of them have to do with our natural development. But another main factor is the way our education systems, and eventually our work environments, reward inquiry. That is to say, they don’t."


Question everything. Reward those who ask questions. In seeking the answers to questions, we make a better world.

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Lesson learned: Information blackouts breed fear

Lesson learned: Information blackouts breed fear | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
There’s an old trick that experienced Canadian journalists frequently use with great success: If you're covering an international event and want to know what the Canadian government really thinks, ask the Americans.

Not only are they almost always more than willing to tell you what they think, they'll tell you what the Canadian government thinks and says as well. Of course, what they say might be coloured by U.S. interests — but if that’s all a journalist can get because of Canadian stonewalling, that’s what will be reported.

It comes down to a difference in fundamental philosophies about democracy between authorities in the two countries. In the United States the belief at all levels of government is that the public has a right to know, unless there's an overriding reason to keep information secret.
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Christopher Waddell is an associate professor and director of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication in Ottawa. He also holds the school’s Carty Chair in Business and Financial Journalism. He is a veteran of the CBC and Globe and Mail newsrooms:


"The police asked us all to be vigilant, to send them pictures or tips — but they told us nothing about what was going on, leaving the usual stew of truth and rumours to fill the void.


It’s been 44 Octobers since Canadians were last confronted with a terrorist crisis like this. In that time, “Just watch me” has been replaced by, “Just trust us”.

 

Yesterday’s performance from those at the top gave Canadians little reason for trust."

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Maryland High-Tech Youth Program Battles Neighborhood Blight

Maryland High-Tech Youth Program Battles Neighborhood Blight | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Summer program engages teens in solving community problems with technology while preparing them for the real world.
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Uncivil societies

Uncivil societies | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
THE International Committee of the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières, Human Rights Watch, Transparency International: to most people these and thousands of other...
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3 Foundations of Government: Accurate, Accountable and Accessible

3 Foundations of Government: Accurate, Accountable and Accessible | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Digitizing documents is one way government can cut costs and increase efficiencies

During one of my first weeks at GovLoop, I remember conducting an intervi…
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Federal government turning to Dragons’ Den to shake up policymaking

Federal government turning to Dragons’ Den to shake up policymaking | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Federal deputy ministers are turning to new models to shake up policymaking, including “reverse mentors” and conducting their own “Dragons’ Den.”
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Well this is interesting, "the deputy ministers’ committee has also been encouraging senior bureaucrats to implement a “reverse mentor” program, according to the documents."

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Millennials & Gov: Where's the Love?

Millennials & Gov: Where's the Love? | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Uncle Sam continues to face a quandary over how to attract a new generation of young people to public service.
One perplexing problem is how to rebuild plumme…
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SUNSHINE WEEK: Open government is good government - Henry Herald

SUNSHINE WEEK: Open government is good government
Henry Herald
Simply speaking, government cannot be of, by and for the people unless it is before the people. It should never be forgotten that government belongs to the governed, not the governing.
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Why you should care about open government

Why you should care about open government | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
James Madison once said, "A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both. (RT @nfoic: Editorial from @SentandEnt on Why Youy Should Care about #OpenGov.
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