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In a world where web services can make real-time data accessible to anyone, how can the government leverage this openness to improve its operations and increase citizen participation and awareness? Through a collection of essays and case studies, leading visionaries and practitioners both inside and outside of government share their ideas on how to achieve and direct this emerging world of online collaboration, transparency, and participation.
Contributions and topics include:
- Beth Simone Noveck, U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for open government, "The Single Point of Failure"
- Jerry Brito, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, "All Your Data Are Belong to Us: Liberating Government Data"
- Aaron Swartz, cofounder of reddit.com, OpenLibrary.org, and BoldProgressives.org, "When Is Transparency Useful?"
- Ellen S. Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, "Disrupting Washington's Golden Rule"
- Carl Malamud, founder of Public.Resource.Org, "By the People"
- Douglas Schuler, president of the Public Sphere Project, "Online Deliberation and Civic Intelligence"
- Howard Dierking, program manager on Microsoft's MSDN and TechNet Web platform team, "Engineering Good Government"
- Matthew Burton, Web entrepreneur and former intelligence analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency, "A Peace Corps for Programmers"
- Gary D. Bass and Sean Moulton, OMB Watch, "Bringing the Web 2.0 Revolution to Government"
- Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, "Defining Government 2.0: Lessons Learned from the Success of Computer Platforms"
Open Government editors:
Daniel Lathrop is a former investigative projects reporter with the Seattle Post Intelligencer who's covered politics in Washington state, Iowa, Florida, and Washington D.C. He's a specialist in campaign finance and "computer-assisted reporting" the practice of using data analysis to report the news.
Laurel Ruma is the Gov 2.0 Evangelist at O'Reilly Media. She is also co-chair for the Gov 2.0 Expo.
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About the Author
Daniel Lathrop is a former investigative projects reporter with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He has covered politics in Washington state, Iowa, Florida and Washington D.C. He was a senior researcher on the New York Times bestselling "The Buying of the President 2004" by Charles Lewis. He is a specialist in campaign finance and "computer assisted reporting," the practice of using data analysis to report the news. He writes code in Perl, Python and PHP. He was the primary architect of the data for the Center for Public Integrity's successful Lobbywatch project, which provided the first truly searchable online database of federal lobbying available to the general public. He supervised the data team that developed CPI's Power Trips investigation of Congressional junkets.
Laurel Ruma is the Gov 2.0 Evangelist at O'Reilly Media. She is the co-chair for the Gov 2.0 Expo. Laurel joined the company in 2005 after being an editor at various IT research/consulting firms in the Boston area. Laurel went to Union College and is a photographer and homebrewer.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: A Peace Corps for Programmers
Chapter 2: Government As a Platform
Chapter 3: By the People
Chapter 4: The Single Point of Failure
Chapter 5: Engineering Good Government
Chapter 6: Enabling Innovation for Civic Engagement
Chapter 7: Online Deliberation and Civic Intelligence
Chapter 8: Open Government and Open Society
Chapter 9: “You Can Be the Eyes and Ears”: Barack Obama and the Wisdom of Crowds
Chapter 10: Two-Way Street: Government with the People
Chapter 11: Citizens’ View of Open Government
Chapter 12: After the Collapse: Open Government and the Future of Civil Service
Chapter 13: Democracy, Under Everything
Chapter 14: Emergent Democracy
Chapter 15: Case Study: Tweet Congress
Chapter 16: Entrepreneurial Insurgency: Republicans Connect With the American People
Chapter 17: Disrupting Washington’s Golden Rule
Chapter 18: Case Study: GovTrack.us
Chapter 19: Case Study: FollowTheMoney.org
Chapter 20: Case Study: MAPLight.org
Chapter 21: Going 2.0: Why OpenSecrets.org Opted for Full Frontal Data Sharing
Chapter 22: All Your Data Are Belong to Us: Liberating Government Data
Chapter 23: Case Study: Many Eyes
Chapter 24: My Data Can’t Tell You That
Chapter 25: When Is Transparency Useful?
Chapter 26: Transparency Inside Out
Chapter 27: Bringing the Web 2.0 Revolution to Government
Chapter 28: Toads on the Road to Open Government Data
Chapter 29: Open Government: The Privacy Imperative
Chapter 30: Freedom of Information Acts: Promises and Realities
Chapter 31: Gov→Media→People
Chapter 32: Open Source Software for Open Government Agencies
Chapter 33: Why Open Digital Standards Matter in Government
Chapter 34: Case Study: Utah.gov
Memo from President Obama on Transparency and Open Government
What People are Saying About This
We’re living in a world characterized by exponential change. Most government organizations weren’t built for this world. The movement from closed to open is one of the most important ways governments can adapt to faster change. Open Government offers insight on how to get from here to there. It should be required reading for anyone who cares about the future of the public sector.
William D. Eggers, Author of If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government and Government 2.0