Today, Suki Kott and I formally launched SF Tech Dems, a new political club aimed at shaping tech policy in the SF Bay Area and throughout California.
There are a number of fundamental problems I have with ForSee Results issuing quarterly citizen satisfaction reports of federal government Websites.
San Francisco Academy of Art multimedia graduate student Fabricio Sousa produced a great video on open data and Gov 2.0 featuring Zonability founder and CEO Leigh Budlong and Gov 2.0 Radio host Adriel Hampton.
YouTown is a mobile application that wants to make it easier for you to access your local government information all in one place.
Blockboard is the latest start-up building a location-based mobile application that aims to give you a hyperlocal view into everything happening in your neighborhood.
Excellent Code for America video featuring CfA Fellow Karla Macedo, created by fellow CfA fellows MJ Mont-Reynaud, Anna Bloom and Scott Silverman.
Today is a big day for open government everywhere, especially San Francisco.
I’m pleased to announce that eight major San Francisco mayoral candidates will participate in SFOpen 2011, a townhall forum focused specifically on open government, citizen engagement and leveraging technology to build better government. The event will be held June 16 at Automattic (home of WordPress) and will be moderated by tech legend Mitch Kapor.
Participating candidates include Michela Alioto-Pier, David Chiu, Bevan Dufty, Tony Hall, Dennis Herrera, Joanna Rees, Phil Ting and Leland Yee.
As part of this announcement:
- Candidates will begin blogging their ideas on the newly-launched sf.govfresh, where fellow candidates and citizens will have the opportunity to engage with them openly and directly.
- We’ve started an idea platform, SFIdeas, so that citizens can share their ideas for San Francisco.
At a time when government needs to leverage the power of collaboration, this is an excellent opportunity for candidates to show their commitment to the principles of open government. It’s an opportunity for open government to be a major discussion topic right at the beginning of the political process. Hopefully it will serve as a model for candidates and open government advocates everywhere.
The San Francisco’s City Attorney’s Office (where I work) has launched an anti-blight initiative that wraps consumer tech, city services and a local-global approach to volunteerism in a multi-channel social media package.
San Francisco-based campaigns and causes are already among our nation’s leaders in adopting Web 2.0 tactics. But the real progress will come when these new technologies are used to do more than win elections – but when they are employed to improve the quality of our government and the quality of our lives.
Video highlights from the recent TransportationCamp West held in San Francisco are now available thanks to StreetFilms.