Yesterday, the world saw the launch of a new political party in New Zealand: Internet Party According to Wikipedia, the Internet Party is [...] an unregistered political party in New Zealand. The party was established by internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom in 2014. The party advocates for less surveillance, copyright reform and cheap internet. From their [...]
Over on the Code for America blog, Interim Executive Director Bob Sofman just shared a set of values outlining the organization's "current thinking" on what makes effective government and residents. From the blog post (emphasis mine): Here Are Our Values After working with nearly a hundred local governments and their communities, we’re seeing patterns in those that [...]
The World Bank Group is currently asking for input to help develop "a Strategy to Mainstream Citizen Engagement in World Bank Group-Supported Operations." From the website: Developing a Strategy for Mainstreaming Citizen Engagement in World Bank Group Operations How can citizens contribute to better development outcomes? The World Bank Group is developing a coherent approach [...]
I'm working on a blog post recapping and analyzing the recent crowdsourcing experiment by California Assemblyman Mike Gatto to let the public write legislation (see our coverage here and media mentions here and here). I hope to lay out a number of potential assessment criteria, which could then be applied to help evaluate and compare [...]
Quick follow-up on the earlier post, here's Marketplace with a slightly shorter version of the piece: Hey, let's crowdsource this California law!
I was interviewed last week by Katie Orr, State Government Reporter at Capitol Public Radio in Sacramento, CA to talk about California Assemblyman Mike Gatto's recent open policymaking experiment (see our coverage here). You can read and listen to the entire segment online: Lawmaker Turns to Crowdsourcing to Create Legislation. Here are the two quotes [...]
Pando Daily reports on SecondGov, an interesting new project led by American singer-songwriter Alex Ebert that recently won the inaugural Hackdance, a "celebrity-driven social impact hackathon" that took place in Park City, UT in January and is said to launch publicly "in a few weeks": That project, known as SecondGov, is a virtual government that [...]
Last month saw a nice spike in traffic from people interested in public participation. Welcome! Here are the three most popular posts from recent months (from the three-month period December 2013 through February 2014): Govlab/ICANN Collaboration Explores Open Policy Making OIDP Distinction “Best Practice in Citizen Participation” GovLab: Seeking New Ways to Solve Public Problems [...]