San Francisco public officials, including Mayor Gavin Newsom, discuss the launch of launch of and the city’s open government initiative at a meeting with city department heads. Highlights include Newsom’s overview of why the effort is important and Tim O’Reilly’s talk on government as a platform.

GovLoop announced Adventures for the Cure has won the AwesomeGov Fund contest and will donate $1,789 to the charity, founded in 2005 by Adam Driscoll and Patrick Blair.

The donation will support Kupenda for the Children, a camp for disabled children in Kenya, and Extreme Weekend for Children with Diabetes, a camp for children with diabetes.

Here’s video from the August 2009 news conference announcing the launch of, San Francisco’s open data site, which provides “structured, raw and machine-readable government data to the public in an easily downloadable format.”

The press conference is attended by SF officials and technology entrepreneurs, including SF Mayor Gavin Newsom, SF CIO Chris Vein, SF Dept of Public Works head Ed Riskin, SF Director of Innovation Jay Nath, Tim O’Reilly and WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg. There’s a general Q&A that includes examples of how citizens and entrepreneurs are leveraging the newly-opened data.

Full text or pdf of San Francisco’s Open Data Executive Directive.

This week’s news on GovFresh.

Government 2.0 author Bill Eggers sat down with GovFreshTV to talk about his new book, If We Can Put a Man on the Moon … Getting Big Things Done in Government.

Manor, TX: Local Government Innovation: Guest Dustin Haisler, CIO of Manor, Texas, discusses Manor Labs and local government innovation. Laurel Ruma of O’Reilly Media will also join us at the top of the hour.

A conversation with Lewis Shepherd, CTO of Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, with hosts Adriel Hampton and Steve Lunceford.

As I read Gov 2.0 retrospectives and predictions, I can’t help but think of iStrategyLabs CEO Peter Corbett’s ‘No One Cares About Your Crappy Web App’ Ignite talk from July, and what it means for 2010.

In 2010, the Gov 2.0 community needs to think harder about how this movement will bridge economic disparity. Open data, open source, social media, transparency and collaboration are great, but look around the room at the people it serves and ask yourself, ‘how is this bridging the digital divide?’

Code for America founder and director Jen Pahlka discusses Citizen 2.0 (related: Four Steps to the (Gov 2.0) Epiphany: Better Government Through Citizen Development.


The line between citizen and consumer is shifting … it’s gotten a lot blurrier.

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