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



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

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