Week 6 – Engaged and Open Government

Action Items this Week

  1. Visit the forum and respond to the question for week 6;
  2. Ensure you are in a  group and the date posted for your group works;
  3. Work towards the group presentation
  4. Read for Next Week:
    Pew Centre for Research: Location-Based Services: An Overview

Here is a copy of the lecture slide deck for 6 – 5 Nov 2015 Open Government.

This week we will explore the concept of Open Government and the impact of Government 2.0/eGovernment and how the evolution of social computing has and is changing the way in which we are and potentially will be governed in the future.

Please take a look at the following video presentations.

David Eaves – The Agenda and Open Government (2010)
or More recently: Open Data’s Disruptive Potential (2015)

davidEavesA public policy entrepreneur, open government activist and negotiation expert Eaves has served as consultant to several governments advising on open government and open data. He works with two spin-offs of the Harvard Negotiation Project and advises businesses on open source strategies and community management. David writes on open innovation, public policy, public service sector renewal, open source and network systems. He posts multiple times a week on his blog, publishes regularly in various forums including the Globe and Mail website, the Toronto Star, and written numerous chapters such as his piece in the O’Reilly Media book on Open Government.

Jennifer Pahlka – Coding a Better Government (2012)

jenPalkaJennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America, which works with talented web professionals and cities around the country to promote public service and reboot government. She spent eight years at CMP Media where she led the Game Group, responsible for GDC, Game Developer magazine, and Gamasutra.com; there she also launched the Independent Games Festival and served as executive director of the International Game Developers Association. Recently, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb and co-chaired the successful Web 2.0 Expo. She is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Oakland, CA with her daughter and six chickens.

Tim O’Reilly – Government 2.0 (2011)

OReilly-TimTim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc., one the foremost technology-focused publishing houses in the world. Over the years, Tim has built a culture where sustainable innovation is a key tenet of business philosophy. His active engagement with technology communities both drives the company’s product development and informs its marketing.
Tim is on the board of Safari Books Online and is a partner in O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures.
Tim graduated from Harvard College in 1975 with a B.A. cum laude in classics. His honors thesis explored the tension between mysticism and logic in Plato’s dialogues.

Question for Forum Discussion

We’ve talked about some interesting trends in participatory democracy – How could Ireland take on board aspects of Government 2.0 under the current Programme for Government?

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