E-Democracy Meets E-Journalism (Transparency, Engagement)

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How the Net can support local and state governance and citizen engagement.

Slides from a speech by Steven Clift to the NewOut.Org conference in Boston.

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E-Democracy Meets E-Journalism (Transparency, Engagement)

  1. 1. E-Democracy Meets E-Journalism How the Net can support local and state governance and citizen engagement. Steven Clift, Founder and Board Chair E-Democracy.Org
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>30+ Examples, 30 Seconds Each </li></ul><ul><li>Questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s so essential that … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will it really make … </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Hello <ul><li>It all started in 1994 … </li></ul><ul><li>Government by day, citizen by night … </li></ul>
  4. 4. A new Athens for Democracy?
  5. 5. “ News” <ul><li>Timely access to information so you can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know “what’s new” or what someone else thinks is important </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be informed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be entertained </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take action and influence what happens next </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The Intelligence is on the Network <ul><li>Shared my assignment with 4,000+ people </li></ul><ul><li>Are you aware of sites that do X or Y? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30+ Examples </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. E-Alerts
  8. 8. E-mail notices in St. Paul
  9. 9. Digital Recording and Webcasting Oregon and San Francisco require recording of all public meetings by law. Search “Kimo Crossman”. Rule of law – See “Sidewalks for Democracy Online.” Need to require what is most important. What is?
  10. 10. Miami Input on Strategic Plan
  11. 11. Taskforce and Committee Tools Need for tools for commissions and task forces – WordPress Blog example used by a sanitation district in Oregon
  12. 12. Government Spending Information State list maintained by Center for Fiscal Accountability
  13. 13. Stimulus/Recovery Transparency
  14. 14. Accountability <ul><li>Deep Transparency – Yalova, Turkey </li></ul><ul><li>They provided access to: </li></ul><ul><li>Council decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate flow of incomes </li></ul><ul><li>Daily flow of expenditures </li></ul><ul><li>Municipal Tenders </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen applications and document follow-up </li></ul><ul><li>Wealth Declaration - Increase/decrease of income and wealth of top officials (on left) </li></ul><ul><li>US – FederalSpending.Gov </li></ul><ul><li>Poland – FOI Laws Require Budget Information Online </li></ul>
  15. 15. Alberta Gov’s Web Feeds <ul><li>Those little orange icons </li></ul>
  16. 16. DC Direct Data Sharing, Mashup
  17. 17. Oakland Crime Data from Police
  18. 18. “ Scrape and Bake” Crime Data City responds with its own e-alert tool.
  19. 19. Reusing Local Gov/Other Data <ul><li>Everyblock.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://everyblock.com </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Gov Data Reuse – UtahsRight.com
  21. 21. MN DNR Lake Finder Multi Sources
  22. 22. Democracy/Consultation Portal <ul><li>Queensland’s democracy portal, policy - AU </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.moundsviewschools.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask Bristol Consultation and Webcasting - UK </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.askbristol.com </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Legislative Online Public Hearings in Brazil
  24. 24. E-Rulemaking <ul><li>Democratized navigation </li></ul><ul><li>DOT Provides Public Access to Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Regulations.Gov should </li></ul>Live Video
  25. 25. Schools and Online Engagement <ul><li>Moundsview Public Schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.moundsviewschools.org </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Schools and Online Engagement
  27. 27. Live Rural Villages Town Meeting, India –
  28. 28. Right to Petition Government <ul><li>What is the Magna Carta’s expression in 2007? </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. petitioning mostly about e-mail acquisition for advocacy not listening or redress of grievences </li></ul>
  29. 29. E-Petitions Hosted by Gov in UK <ul><li>UK Prime Minister’s E-Petitions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://petitions.number10.gov.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kingston upon Thames </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.kingston.gov.uk/information/your_council/epetitions.htm </li></ul></ul>7+ percent of British population have signed an e-petition here
  30. 30. Community Wiki <ul><li>Kickapoo Valley, WI – Kickapedia http://kickapedia.wiki.zoho.com/Kickapedia-Home.html </li></ul><ul><li>DC Gov We the People Wiki </li></ul>
  31. 31. Maps, Camera, Mobile, Action <ul><li>FixMyStreet.com (UK) – mySociety.Org </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://fixmystreet.com </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. SeeClickFix – MySociety.Org Inspired
  33. 33. Congressional Tweets, Sunlight Foundation
  34. 34. Deep Access and Accountability <ul><li>Estonia’s Today I Decide, Document Register, X-Road (below) </li></ul>
  35. 35. E-mail Transparency in Palo Alto
  36. 36. Gov Voter Guides in Korea
  37. 37. Mobile Photos to Enforce Anti-Corruption Election Laws
  38. 38. Local “Everywhere” <ul><li>AmericanTowns.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scrape Millions of Local Events </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Topix .net </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Host online news comments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Virtual Ghost Towns? Civil War? </li></ul><ul><li>http://pages.e-democracy.org – search“social media” </li></ul>
  39. 39. Changed.Gov? Need Democracy.Gov
  40. 40. Citizens Online <ul><li>With my E-Democracy.Org hat on… </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen engagement – community building as outcome v. “news” </li></ul>
  41. 41. Private Spaces with “Public” Qualities – v. Online Public Spaces
  42. 42. Need Public Spaces – Online Versions of Town Halls, Capitols <ul><li>Online public spaces, not just “public” commercial spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Need for decorum, civility, agenda-setting, relevance, accountability </li></ul><ul><li><- The Minnesota Capitol Rotunda </li></ul>
  43. 43. Blogofest Destiny? <ul><li>Blogs democratize media, provide accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Compared to forums, most are highly individualistic often privately controlled spaces with some dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Need own blog to join the e-ristocracy </li></ul>
  44. 44. Divided We Blog? Source: The Political Blogosphere and the 2004 U.S. Election: Divided They Blog By Lada Adamic and Natalie Glance
  45. 45. Connect
  46. 46. Connect the Word <ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Online News/Blog Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Social Network </li></ul><ul><li>Online Consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Online Working Group </li></ul><ul><li>Web Feed </li></ul>
  47. 47. Creating Public Space - Issues Forums Librarian Reporter Arts Group City Councilor Candidate Local Biz Ctizen #1 Advocacy Group Neighborhood Leader Mayor Forum Manager Citizen 500 Police Citizens Issues Forum GroupServer e-mails posts web view Subscribe once Commitment secured Post via e-mail/web New Resident City Hall “ Secondary Networks ” e-mail forwards Civil Society Personal Networks Local Media Coverage
  48. 48. Conclusion
  49. 49. Discussion Questions <ul><li>What is so essential from local and state government that it needs to be accessible 24 x 7 online? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With options for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What’s new? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What’s changed? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What’s important (or what others think is important)? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who is trying to change/influence it? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  50. 50. Discussion Questions <ul><li>(How) Will this make things “better?” What’s the outcome that justifies the investment in resources to make the best aspects of e-democracy universal? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Best Practices v. Legal Mandates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Representative v. Participatory Democracy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Informed v. Activated (Protest, etc.) v. Citizen Problem-solving/volunteerism </li></ul></ul>
  51. 51. Links to Everything <ul><li>From: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://stevenclift.com </li></ul></ul>
  52. 52. Extra Slides
  53. 53. Digital Parade – Social Networks
  54. 54. FYI - Briefs and Case Studies <ul><li>Case Studies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Canadian International Policy eDiscussions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Blogging - Northfield, Minnesota </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Forums and News in Subang Jaya - Malaysia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listening to the City - New York City </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Madrid Participa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NordPol - Northern Denmark </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Queensland's E-democracy Leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seoul's Online Policy Forum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seattle's Online Civic Engagement Initiative </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Briefs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Web Comment Forms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget Proposals Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content Syndication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Portals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Democracy Portal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Democratized Navigation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elected Official Videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail Response Policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-Newsletters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-Notification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geographic Personalisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>M-Democracy - Mobile Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SMS Citizen Input </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voter Education Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless Internet </li></ul></ul>http://dowire.org/wiki/UK_highlights
  55. 55. Recent Articles <ul><li>Ten Practical Online Steps for Government Support of Democracy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Part of new 47 page U.S. government publication about e-democracy titled, “How E-Government is Changing Society and Strengthening Democracy.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Also see - UK Local E-Democracy Project – See: www.icele.org </li></ul>
  56. 56. Government Support for Democracy Online <ul><li>Timely, personalized access to information that matters. </li></ul><ul><li>Help e-officials receive, sort and better understand and respond to e-mail. </li></ul>
  57. 57. Government Support for Democracy Online <ul><li>3. Dedicate at least 10% of new e-government developments to democracy. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not “services first, democracy later.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>9. Fund open source sharing internationally across government. </li></ul>
  58. 58. Government Support for Democracy Online <ul><li>4. Announce all government public meetings on the Internet in a uniform matter. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Allow all people to look-up all of their elected officials from the very local to national in one search. </li></ul><ul><li>6. Host online public hearings and dialogues </li></ul>
  59. 59. Government Support for Democracy Online <ul><li>7. Embrace the rule of law by mandating the most democratically empowering online services and rights across the whole of government. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open meeting laws, ethics information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>8. Promote dissemination through access to raw data from decision-making information systems. </li></ul>
  60. 60. Government Support for Democracy Online <ul><li>10. Local up – Build a strategic approach to building local democracy online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Absolute need for non-partisan, convening approaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government, media, universities, non-profits, business all must contribute something </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public interest use “of” the Internet not just “on” it </li></ul></ul>

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