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Moving Fast, Going Slow: Implementing the Open Government Directive

Moving Fast, Going Slow: Implementing the Open Government Directive

Deadlines are fast approaching for federal agencies to complete the initial tasks under the Open Government Directive. Publishing new data sets, opening websites, completing longer-term Open Government Plans, and dozens of others. But notably missing is any deadline or deliverable addressing changes in agency cultures and processes. Yet every day those basic dimensions of government […]

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Web Resources for Online Meetings - 1

Web Resources for Online Meetings – 1

Amid the excitement surrounding the Obama Administration’s use of the internet for massive public engagement, I’ve been looking for web-based applications that can be used on a much smaller scale to support collaborative policy projects. While online services can’t yet take the place of in-person dialogue, there are many applications that can offer significant support […]

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Online Networks & the Future of Politics

Andrew Rasiej, the founder of Personal Democracy Forum (PdF), gives an overview in this video of changes in politics and citizen engagement made possible by network technologies. As described online, PdF is “an annual conference and community website about the intersection of politics and technology,” especially the way in which “[t]echnology and the Internet are […]

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Clay Shirky: Platforms for Collaboration

For the past dozen years, Clay Shirky has been one of the most thoughtful and insightful writers about the impact of new internet technologies on the way people organize to get things done. Although the context he emphasizes is that of business, his ideas apply equally to all sectors. His recent book, Here Comes Everybody, […]

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