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Open Government

Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice

by Laurel Ruma, Daniel Lathrop

Open Government

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Book Description

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,, and, "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"

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND). You can download Open Government ebook for free in PDF format (9.4 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
A Peace Corps for Programmers
Chapter 2
Government As a Platform
Chapter 3
By the People
Chapter 4
The Single Point of Failure
Chapter 5
Engineering Good Government
Chapter 6
Enabling Innovation for Civic Engagement
Chapter 7
Online Deliberation and Civic Intelligence
Chapter 8
Open Government and Open Society
Chapter 9
"You Can Be the Eyes and Ears": Barack Obama and the Wisdom of Crowds
Chapter 10
Two-Way Street: Government with the People
Chapter 11
Citizens View of Open Government
Chapter 12
After the Collapse: Open Government and the Future of Civil Service
Chapter 13
Democracy Under Everything
Chapter 14
Emergent Democracy
Chapter 15
Case Study: Tweet Congress
Chapter 16
Entrepreneurial Insurgency: Republicans Connect With the American People185
Chapter 17
Disrupting Washingtons Golden Rule
Chapter 18
Case Study:
Chapter 19
Case Study:
Chapter 20
Case Study:
Chapter 21
Going 2.0: Why Opted for Full Frontal Data Sharing
Chapter 22
All Your Data Are Belong to Us: Liberating Government Data
Chapter 23
Case Study: Many Eyes
Chapter 24
My Data Can't Tell You That
Chapter 25
When Is Transparency Useful?
Chapter 26
Transparency Inside Out
Chapter 27
Bringing the Web 20 Revolution to Government
Chapter 28
Toads on the Road to Open Government Data
Chapter 29
Open Government: The Privacy Imperative
Chapter 30
Freedom of Information Acts: Promises and Realities
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Open Source Software for Open Government Agencies
Chapter 33
Why Open Digital Standards Matter in Government
Chapter 34
Case Study:
Appendix A
Memo from President Obama on Transparency and Open Government

Book Details

Open Government
Computer Science
O'Reilly Media
ISBN13 Digital
ISBN10 Digital
PDF Size
9.4 MB

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