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On the unique and disparate nature of the DC tech community
Recently, I had coffee with a long-time fixture of the Federal tech community. I’ve known this person off-and-on for a while but we’ve never done a one-on-one to get to know each other and compare notes. It was enlightening for me. As we went back and forth talking about different things...
19 Feb 2013
New York City and San Francisco's data-centric approaches to hyperlocal open government and physical spaces
“All we do is take and process massive amounts of information and use it to do things more effectively,” says Michael Flowers, head of New York City's Office of Policy and Strategic Planning (OPSP) in a weekend New York Times story called The Mayor's Geek Squad . And data they have. ...
25 Mar 2013
Across the Threshold: Evolution of the White House "We the People" Open Government Platform
Today is inauguration day in Washington, the day when Barack Obama is sworn in as President of the United States for another four years. In 2009, when this happened for the first time, the outgoing George W. Bush administration staffers were in many cases replaced by people with social media savvy, and...
21 Jan 2013
American TimeHop: How the National Archives could make uncovering old information easier and personalized
Want to understand how a government decision that seemed insignificant 15 years ago has a big effect on your life today? There’s an app for that. Well, actually, I lied — There isn’t. But there could be. USA Today integrates TimeHop USA Today recently announced an intriguing...
29 Jan 2013
Open Government: Five Big Questions About Government Social Media
The Federal government has made a good deal of progress toward being more transparent, collaborative, and participatory during the two years since President Obama took office. However, despite great strides, government practitioners' use of social media is not very sophisticated, does not take advantage...
20 Jun 2011
Open Government: Navy Launches Public Wargame About U.S. Energy Crisis
In May 2012, the U.S. Navy will launch a week-long multiplayer online wargame in order to tackle America's energy crisis as a national security issue . This effort is being spearheaded by the Department of Innovation of the Office of Naval Research (ONR), an academic-oriented applied research facility...
6 Apr 2012
What Is Open Government Entrepreneurship?
Tim O'Reilly often explains Open Government, or Government 2.0, as " Government as a Platform " on which citizens and build things for each other and participate in their government (rather than treating it like a vending machine). The co-founder of Personal Democracy Forum and techPresident Andrew Rasiej...
21 Jun 2011
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