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Code for America opens 2013 application period

Code for America opens 2013 application period

Does your city need to solve a big civic problem? Cities across the United States can now submit their Code for America applications for 2013. Boston, Philadelphia, and Seattle have just wrapped up their 2011 projects. We're eager to see what happens in Austin, Detroit, Chicago, Honolulu, Macon, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Santa Cruz in 2012. The application process opened on January 9, and applicants have until the end of March to complete their submissions.

What problems can your city tackle with help from Code for America? How can your city build on other open source projects to make your government more accessible, more efficient, and more engaged with citizens? » Read more

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Open government, what is it really?

Open government, what is it really?

Below are my notes from the talk I gave at OSDC (Open Source Developers Conference) 2011 on open government, where I tried to go into some of the practicalities of open government implementation and projects. I had a great response from the packed room, so thanks everyone for attending (and for encouraging me to blog) » Read more

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Changing government culture the open source way

Changing government culture the open source way

Can an entrenched bureaucracy, encumbered by a rigid culture and public records compliance adapt open source ways to collaborate more effectively? Is it like pulling teeth just to get people to share ideas? Is that devil's advocate bringing your team down? If you want results, try something different. Use open communications and transparency with your team. You might be surprised how these open source pillars will create the ownership and accountability to achieve your desired results.

Imagine you came from a world were the freedom to share and collaborate were the way your organization survived. Can you apply this recipe to government? » Read more

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Enhancing access to government at CityCamp Colorado

Enhancing access to government at CityCamp Colorado

CityCamp Colorado 2011 aims to bring together people like yourself to share ideas around this years theme, "Enhancing Access to Government." On Friday, October 28, 2011, the 2nd Annual CityCamp Colorado unconference will be held at the Jefferson County Administrative building (a.k.a. The Taj Mahal). Register for the event to reserve your spot, because space is limited.

Why do we want to enhance access to our government? » Read more

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Hack4Reno: Open government with a shared purpose

Hack4Reno - Open government with a shared purpose

Hack4Reno is a 24-hour hackathon being held on October 15-16, 2011. But you don't need to hack on code to be part of this movement. The goal is to build things that make Reno better by demonstrating the value of open data and open government. This event allows developers, designers, and citizens to learn new technology, showcase their talent, and, ultimately, build new applications that help make Reno a smarter, more engaged place to live. » Read more

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Harnessing citizen participation via social media and open source tools

Harnessing citizen participation via social media and open source tools

Originally published at GovLoop.com

Last week, I had the opportunity to present for the Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) summer meeting along with Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Earlier this year, he announced that Baltimore County would be launching 23 technology initiatives and he shared a bit about their social media efforts to communicate more effectively with citizens on these and other county projects. » Read more

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