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Citizen Technology & Open Government

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e-Democracy Conference 2011
September, 25th-27th
Ohrid, Macedonia
http://e-democracy.mk/

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  • 1. Citizen Technology & Open GovernmentJared FordICT Programsdemworks.org | @jdeepford | jford@ndi.org
  • 2. Democracy Technology• Goals Promote efficient, open & accountable government Strengthen democratic institutions (Parties & CSOs) Advance citizen engagement, open political space• Evolution Citizen Political Technology
  • 3. Social MediaDemocratization of content production anddissemination.Shareable, user-generated content (platforms)Allows mobilizing populations, organizing events,sharing information, and consolidating messaging.Influences the dynamics of power and behavior ofcitizens, elected officials, and government institutions
  • 4. Arab Spring • Social media played a central role in shaping political debates • An increase in online revolutionary conversations often preceded major events on the ground. • Social media helped spread democratic ideas across internationalpitpi.org borders.
  • 5. Political Process Monitoring• Citizen oversight of democratic governance• Election monitoring, participatory budgeting, legislative tracking• Tools which collect, analyze and share information
  • 6. afghanistanelectiondata.org
  • 7. istinomer.rs
  • 8. votainteligente.cl
  • 9. Implications for Open Government• All countries must build democratic institutions that accommodate the new role of citizen technologies.• OGP (Criteria = Engagement, Access to Information)• eGov to We-GOV
  • 10. Open Government Data• Open governmental data becomes better data via input from the public.• Citizen-oriented tools are crucial to ensuring a vibrant online and offline public sphere• Social media allows governments to reach vast networks of people at once and defray costs. (transparency-initiative.org)
  • 11. Open governmental data becomesbetter data via input from the public recovery.gov
  • 12. Ensure a vibrant online and offline public sphere www.ferizbori.mk/poddrzete-ne
  • 13. Reach vast networks of people at once and defray costs. • Inec.org inecnigeria.org
  • 14. Recommendations• Documents should be structured (data.gov/semantic)• Multiple forms of access must be provided (mkssindia.org)• Single-point portal (data.gov.uk)• All data should be Cloud-based (socrata.com)
  • 15. Documentsshould bestructuredwithsemanticmark-up data.gov/semantic
  • 16. Multiple forms of access mkssindia.org
  • 17. Single-point portal data.gov.uk
  • 18. All data should be Cloud-based socrata.com
  • 19. How can we address citizen demand?
  • 20. Jared Ford, ICT Programsdemworks.org | @jdeepford | jford@ndi.org

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