In a world where web services can make real-time data accessible to anyone, how can the government leverage this openness to improve its operations and increase citizen participation and awareness? Through a collection of essays and case studies, leading visionaries and practitioners both inside and outside of government share their ideas on how to achieve and direct this emerging world of online collaboration, transparency, and participation.
Contributions and topics include:
- Beth Simone Noveck, U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for open government, "The Single Point of Failure"
- Jerry Brito, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, "All Your Data Are Belong to Us: Liberating Government Data"
- Aaron Swartz, cofounder of reddit.com, OpenLibrary.org, and BoldProgressives.org, "When Is Transparency Useful?"
- Ellen S. Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, "Disrupting Washington's Golden Rule"
- Carl Malamud, founder of Public.Resource.Org, "By the People"
- Douglas Schuler, president of the Public Sphere Project, "Online Deliberation and Civic Intelligence"
- Howard Dierking, program manager on Microsoft's MSDN and TechNet Web platform team, "Engineering Good Government"
- Matthew Burton, Web entrepreneur and former intelligence analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency, "A Peace Corps for Programmers"
- Gary D. Bass and Sean Moulton, OMB Watch, "Bringing the Web 2.0 Revolution to Government"
- Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, "Defining Government 2.0: Lessons Learned from the Success of Computer Platforms"
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Table of Contents
A Peace Corps for Programmers
Government As a Platform
By the People
The Single Point of Failure
Engineering Good Government
Enabling Innovation for Civic Engagement
Online Deliberation and Civic Intelligence
Open Government and Open Society
"You Can Be the Eyes and Ears": Barack Obama and the Wisdom of Crowds
Two-Way Street: Government with the People
Citizens View of Open Government
After the Collapse: Open Government and the Future of Civil Service
Democracy Under Everything
Case Study: Tweet Congress
Entrepreneurial Insurgency: Republicans Connect With the American People185
Disrupting Washingtons Golden Rule
Case Study: GovTrack.us
Case Study: FollowTheMoney.org
Case Study: MAPLight.org
Going 2.0: Why OpenSecrets.org Opted for Full Frontal Data Sharing
All Your Data Are Belong to Us: Liberating Government Data
Case Study: Many Eyes
My Data Can't Tell You That
When Is Transparency Useful?
Transparency Inside Out
Bringing the Web 20 Revolution to Government
Toads on the Road to Open Government Data
Open Government: The Privacy Imperative
Freedom of Information Acts: Promises and Realities
Open Source Software for Open Government Agencies
Why Open Digital Standards Matter in Government
Case Study: Utah.gov
Memo from President Obama on Transparency and Open Government