Public Data
power in our hands
      Show of hands, folks. How many of you are trained statisticians? How many of you woul...
Public Data: power in our hands
Public Data: power in our hands
Public Data: power in our hands
Public Data: power in our hands
Public Data: power in our hands
Public Data: power in our hands
Public Data: power in our hands
Public Data: power in our hands
Public Data: power in our hands
Public Data: power in our hands
Public Data: power in our hands
Public Data: power in our hands
Public Data: power in our hands
Public Data: power in our hands
Public Data: power in our hands
Public Data: power in our hands
Public Data: power in our hands
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Public Data: power in our hands

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My presentation at Netroots Nation 2008. I challenge attendees to show that they're ready to capitalize on the power of Web 2.0 tools that will enable them to play a substantive role in government, specifically in the Obama campaign's public outreach project to draft the Democratic Platform. BEST VIEWED IN FULL SCREEN MODE TO READ THE SCRIPT

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Public Data: power in our hands

  1. 1. Public Data power in our hands Show of hands, folks. How many of you are trained statisticians? How many of you would rather have oral surgery than work with data? Thought so. But here’s the rub. Data are the lingua franca of government. Our activities and lives are their raw material. They determine whether many of us get more government benefits and which states and communities get grants. They are cited as the rationale for legislation, good and bad. I’m issuing a tough-love challenge today: if you and I really want to play a substantive role in government -- not just in campaigns -- we must become comfortable dealing with data. Fortunately, the Web 2.0 era presents us with an incredible opportunity to both gain access to government data and understand and use it to become empowered to really play substantive roles in government.

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