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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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Corporate Social Responsibility: 5 Ways to Improve Stakeholder Engagement

Corporate Social Responsibility: 5 Ways to Improve Stakeholder Engagement | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Corporate social responsibility is failing because companies are not effectively engaging their stakeholders. Implement these 5 tips to boost CSR, today.
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"Some stakeholders perceive CSR as a cover for mismanagement of resources elsewhere, creating a culture of unaccountability by encouraging business penance to appease the public. Obviously these trade-offs run contrary to the spirit of responsibility. Thus responsible companies have to work to overcome the perception of inauthenticity." 

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Stakeholder engagement: a practical guide

Stakeholder engagement: a practical guide | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Engaging with stakeholders needn't be tricky for those willing to take a practical approach, writes Petra Kuenkel
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OpenGov co-founder Zac Bookman lets taxpayers see where cash goes - SFGate

OpenGov co-founder Zac Bookman lets taxpayers see where cash goes - SFGate | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Out of disbelief that a website — or, really, anything — can make it easier to track how the government spends trillions of dollars of their tax money.
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Can government transparency be big business?

Can government transparency be big business? | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
OpenGov, founded by Md. native Zac Bookman, makes government spending publicly searchable.
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The Human Impact Of The Industrial Internet Of Things

The Human Impact Of The Industrial Internet Of Things | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Will digital technology be positive for workers and jobs? Amid today’s public debate about the consequences of artificial intelligence and advanced..
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BlackBerry's CEO thinks net neutrality means Apple should make apps for BlackBerry

In the midst of Wednesday's maelstrom of Windows 10 news, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has published an open letter to the US Senate, in which he sets out BlackBerry's position on net neutrality. It...
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Women flocking to statistics, the newly hot, high-tech field of data science

Women flocking to statistics, the newly hot, high-tech field of data science | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
The discipline offers a more welcoming learning environment and a plethora of job possibilities.
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But David Morganstein and other statisticians say they have found reasons that others in tech would do well to emulate. They include creating a welcoming environment; establishing a critical mass of more than 20 percent women, so they don’t feel like oddities or outliers; and promoting female leaders to serve as role models.

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How Laws Restricting Tech Actually Expose Us to Greater Harm | WIRED

How Laws Restricting Tech Actually Expose Us to Greater Harm | WIRED | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Matt Dorfman We live in a world made of computers. Your car is a computer that drives down the freeway at 60 mph with you strapped inside. If you live or work in a modern building, computers regulate its temperature and respiration.
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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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In Palo Alto, new digital tools aim to bridge the divide between City Hall ... - Palo Alto Online

In Palo Alto, new digital tools aim to bridge the divide between City Hall ... - Palo Alto Online | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
New digital tools encapsulate Palo Alto's shifting attitude toward technology and its growing excitement about the potential of Big Data to tackle problems large and small.
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State Technology: A Case For Less Rules, And More Collaboration • GovLoop

State Technology: A Case For Less Rules, And More Collaboration • GovLoop | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
Less rules and more talking. Sounds fun, right? Mitch Herckis, Director of Government Affairs at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), is a proponent of more communication and less outright bans for government cybersecurity. He recently spoke with Christopher Dorobek, host of the podcast DorobekINSIDER, on cybersecurity regulations on the state governing... Read more »
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Harvard hacks for congress - Boston Herald

Harvard hacks for congress - Boston Herald | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
A group of techies, political scientists and open government advocates are putting their heads together at a hackathon this weekend to develop new digital tools, policies and technologies to overcome the dysfunction gripping Congress.
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Social Ed. » Blog Archive » Canada’s Open Government initiative: The Good, The Bad and The Promises

Social Ed. » Blog Archive » Canada’s Open Government initiative: The Good, The Bad and The Promises | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
RT @RobinBrowne: Is the government's Open Government initaitive is really "open"? Let folks know. Comment here: http://t.co/VvHj8ZuByy #OG…
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What does the future hold for stakeholder engagement? | | LinkedIn

What does the future hold for stakeholder engagement? | | LinkedIn | Go Open Government | Scoop.it
What does the future hold for #stakeholderengagement? http://t.co/wKW8dKsw78 #collaboration #sustainability #GRI http://t.co/HhTjSEjWm0
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What's missing from annual reports

Financials alone aren’t cutting it.
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"Research shows a direct link between stakeholder engagement and market value. Since company health and wealth are at stake, it’s critical not just to build strong relationships with your key stakeholders but also to track how well the organization is meeting their needs."

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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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