Open Government Week starts May 12
From May 12 - 23, we'll highlight some great people and projects in open government, open data, and civic hacking. We'll also provide resources on how you can get involved yourself. To get you started, we created a resource that starts to answer: "What is open government?"
As people begin to think about and implement the idea of government as a platform, citizens often think about government as a vending machine. In a 2009 essay on Techcrunch, Gov 2.0: It's All About The Platform, Tim O'Reilly said, "Too often, we think of government as a kind of vending machine. We put in our taxes, and get out service: roads, bridges, hospitals, fire brigades, police protection... and when the vending machine doesn't give us what we want, we protest. Our idea of citizen engagement has somehow been reduced to shaking the vending machine."
In the book Citizenville, Gavin Newsom talks about how technology puts power in the hands of the people. Newsom argues that the world is changing too quickly for the government to respond and it's "time to radically rethink the relationship between citizens and government.
When you see the "open govt" image callout on an article, it is part of our collection of stories for Open Government Week. Share your favorites with friends and colleagues using the hashtag #opengov, and check out some of our latest reports on open source in government.
Collection of articles for Open Government Week
- The best and brightest in open government at TransparencyCamp 2014
- Civic hacking is taking off
- A civic-social platform for a new kind of citizen duty
- Hero of open web calls techies to action
- Three big open government funders help launch new ideas
- Open data shifts towards regional collaboration
- Technology driven governance just got a little bit smarter
- Unite with fellow citizens on the National Day of Civic Hacking
- How Munich switched 15,000 PCs from Windows to Linux
- Open source code helps governments share information with citizens
- 3 ways government can unleash the power of feedback
- Direct from the White House: APIs are key to extending platforms
- Public crime data becomes more open and transparent city by city
- Open and interactive budget data launches in New Orleans
- 8 videos to get you excited about open government
- Two Texas police officers use open data to transform fugitive capture
- Two obstacles we can hurdle for better open data adoption