Citizen Technology & Open Government

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e-Democracy Conference 2011
September, 25th-27th
Ohrid, Macedonia
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Citizen Technology & Open Government

  1. 1. Citizen Technology & Open GovernmentJared FordICT Programsdemworks.org | @jdeepford | jford@ndi.org
  2. 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. 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. 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. 5. Political Process Monitoring• Citizen oversight of democratic governance• Election monitoring, participatory budgeting, legislative tracking• Tools which collect, analyze and share information
  6. 6. afghanistanelectiondata.org
  7. 7. istinomer.rs
  8. 8. votainteligente.cl
  9. 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. 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. 11. Open governmental data becomesbetter data via input from the public recovery.gov
  12. 12. Ensure a vibrant online and offline public sphere www.ferizbori.mk/poddrzete-ne
  13. 13. Reach vast networks of people at once and defray costs. • Inec.org inecnigeria.org
  14. 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. 15. Documentsshould bestructuredwithsemanticmark-up data.gov/semantic
  16. 16. Multiple forms of access mkssindia.org
  17. 17. Single-point portal data.gov.uk
  18. 18. All data should be Cloud-based socrata.com
  19. 19. How can we address citizen demand?
  20. 20. Jared Ford, ICT Programsdemworks.org | @jdeepford | jford@ndi.org

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