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Bruno AmaralGovernmentTowards aConnected
A Connected GovernmentIs participatoryIs TransparentShares Information andResourcesEnables action by allStakeholdersActs as a NetworkActing as a Network means abandoning a notion of hierarchy and accepting that different nodes ofthe network should have different areas/ﬁelds of action and be free to act within those boundaries withlittle or no procedures for approval. It also means being willing to allow new stakeholders to enter andleave the network in accordance to projects or issues where their presence is valuable.
A Connected GovernmentSocial MediaTwitter Blogs Facebook WikisNeedsTools to communicateFree and open access to informationResearch and analysis of big dataBounty hunters
A Connected GovernmentNeedsTools to communicateFree and open access to informationResearch and analysis of big dataBounty huntersDespite today’s technologygovernments sometimes still fail toprovide the Public with information ina format that is open: can be easilyread in every platform, worked uponand even searched or shared as theuser sees ﬁt.In Portugal, a group launchedDemo.Cratica.org : a website thatgathers and shares information aboutelected politicians, assembly minutesand other data they felt thegovernment was failing to provide inan open format.
A Connected GovernmentNeedsTools to communicateFree and open access to informationResearch and analysis of big dataBounty huntersSimply put, gathering information isexpensive and takes time. It ishowever possible to let citizenscontribute with information via theirmobile phones, reporting problemsand alerting about opportunities andthus allow government bodies tofocus on curating and making thatinformation actionable.GeoDevolutas is an independentwebsite where users can login andregister vacant housing or buildingsthat are in ruins.
A Connected GovernmentNeedsTools to communicateFree and open access to informationResearch and analysis of big dataBounty huntersGovernment is not the single entity inthe public sector, and yet, when facedwith a problem to solve it opts tocreate a research or workgroup toﬁnd solutions.Other organizations sometimes issuea Bounty for solutions of a problem ornew projects. Public bounties couldbe answered by Universities,individuals, private companies or anyother stakeholder thus cutting downcosts and allowing for a fasterprocess of research.
A Connected GovernmentNeedsTools to communicateFree and open access to informationResearch and analysis of big dataBounty huntersGeeks !!Not everything in an organization canbe planned or predicted andcommunication teams are sometimesfaced with challenges in the spur ofthe moment.It is then important to have geeks onthe team, people that are not onlyprone to technology but whose desirefor an open government will drivethem to build quick solutions tocommunicate in a time of crisis or toserve as a quick ﬁx until a morepermanent solution can be found.
Entrada Nortehttp://st-apolonia.org/2 years of a civic movement mobilized by one citizen using SocialMedia, Media Relations and Contact with private organizations andgovernment ofﬁcials.Social Media was essential to acquire the legitimacy to communicateon TV and Newspapers and ﬁnally to pressure government into action.Classic approaches in civic movements were still essential.
Entrada Nortehttp://st-apolonia.org/In a truly open and connected government the Entrada Nortemovement would have reached its goal by social media and classicchannels alone in a fraction of the time.If there is no communication at a local level, efforts at a national levelmay be faced with dismay.
Social Media ConsultantWorks for Fullsix Portugal and is in charge ofCommunications for SHiFT - Social and HumanIdeas For Technology.A blogger since 2005Bruno AmaralWebsite : www.brunoamaral.euEmail : firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter : @brunoamaral